ETHEL concert

Pittsburg State University Solo and Chamber Music Series will close out the 2010 portion of  the 2010-2011 concert series with a performance by the postclassical string quartet ETHEL at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Recital Hall.

ETHEL concert
Pittsburg State University Solo and Chamber Music Series will close out the 2010 portion of  the 2010-2011 concert series with a performance by the postclassical string quartet ETHEL at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Recital Hall.
Formed in 1998, ETHEL is comprised of Cornelius Dufallo on violin, Ralph Farris on viola, Dorothy Lawson on cello and Mary Rowell on violin. All were trained at the Juilliard School of Music.
The group performs “adventurous” music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995. The repertoire includes compositions by quartet members as well as Phil Kline, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Jacob TV, Evan Ziporyn and Mary Ellen Childs.
Individual members have recorded and performed with artists as varied as Yo Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Roger Daltrey, Ornette Coleman and Lenny Kravitz.  The group has performed with Joe Jackson, Kurt Elling, Todd Rungren, Loudon Wainwright III, Ensemble, STEW, Colin Currie, Stephen Gosling and Polygraph Lounge.
ETHEL’s debut recording, “ETHEL,” released in 2003 on the Cantaloupe label, was rated as Billboard Magazine’s Best Album for that year. Its next recording, “LIGHT,” released in 2006 on the same label, was third on Amazon/com’s “Best of 2006: Top Classical Editor’s Picks.” The group is currently featured on “John the Revelator: A Mass for Six Voices” by Phil Kline, Cantaloupe Music, 2008,  “Around the World in a Daze,” also by Phil Kline, 2009 on the Starkland label, and “Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman,” 2009 on the Concord Jazz label.
In addition to the concert, ETHEL members will coach university string students in a masterclass at 2 p.m. Friday in room 211, McCray Hall.
Concert tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for persons over 65 or under 18. They are available in advance through the University Ticket Office in the Overman Student Center, 235-4796, or at the door prior to the performance. Full-time PSU students are entitled to a free ticket.
The Solo and Chamber Music Series is supported by major funding from the PSU Student Government Association. Anyone needing additional information may call the PSU music department at 235-4466.

‘Spook-Tacular’
Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual “Spook-Tacular” Halloween event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the lower level of  Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
Activities will include arts and crafts, a haunted maze, games and a costume contest. Admission will be $2 per person, with children 2 and younger admitted free unless they are participating in the costume contest.
Those paying to enter Spook-Tacular will receive a ticket for free admission to “The Jungle Book,” to be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
Anyone needing additional information may call the Parks and Recreation office at 231-8310.

Senior Citizens Cub
Pittsburg Senior Citizens Club will meet at 1 p.m. for a business session, Halloween activities and bingo. Those wearing costumes will have an opportunity to win prizes.
Anyone needing additional information may call the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department at 231-8310.

Pagan gathering
Social gathering of area pagans is held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Pittsburg Hastings store.
Anyone wishing additional information may visit pagansofpittsburgks@groups.facebook.com.