Season Opening
Saturday, July 10, 3:00 – 7:00 pm, FREE ($15 for pig-roast)
Seats first come, first served.

Rain or Shine!

Join us for a compelling afternoon with members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the string quartet ETHEL performing Terry Riley, and a community pig-roast inaugurating the 3rd annual Mount Tremper Arts Festival.

Adyton, by Rashaun Mitchell in collaboration with Silas Riener.
3:00 pm

Rashaun Mitchell

Choreographer Rashaun Mitchell and fellow Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Silas Riener experiment with resuscitation, distance, multidimensionality, and extraction in response to a new work of poetry by celebrated writer Anne Carson. Created after the death of her brother, Carson’s NOX describes coming to terms with his loss through the lens of her translation of Poem 101 by Catullus “for his brother who died in the Troad.”


ETHEL performs work by Terry Riley, John King, Phil Kline, and Julia Wolfe.
4:00 pm

Acclaimed as America’s premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL boldly infuses contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology. Called “vital and brilliant... an avatar of ‘post-classical’ music” by The New Yorker, ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Mary Rowell (violin). Their self-titled ETHEL (Cantaloupe Music, 2003) was named one of Billboard’s “Best Albums”; and Light (Cantaloupe Music, 2006) was selected as #3 on’s “Best of 2006: Top Classical Editor’s Picks.”

Members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform an Event
5:30 pm

Events are MCDC’s signature, site-specific choreographic collages that incorporate excerpts from past and current repertory works. They are often created for unconventional performance spaces such as museums and galleries. Events feature live music composed specifically for the occasion, and often include costumes and décor from previous repertory works. This Event will be performed by MCDC dancers Andrea Miller, Silas Riener, and Rashaun Mitchell with live music by ETHEL.

6:00 pm ($15 for pig-roast)

Join us in celebration of our 3rd year with an outdoor pig-roast plus terrific vegetarian dishes while enjoying the MTA gardens and mountain views.