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Respect|Extract BAE String Quartet

August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Respect/Extract with BAE Strings

Continuing with the Climate is Culture 2024-25 season theme, Respect|Extract explores human interaction between land/air/sea and our various interpretations. Including works that celebrate the Earth and the way nature can heal; and also nature’s resources and how we use and abuse the land.


The Wind in High Places  – John Luther

Chiaroscuro from Music for String Quartet – Michael Begay (Diné)

Across the Calm Waters of Heaven- A Piece for Peace – Ahmed Alabaca

There Will Be Blood Suite – Jonny Greenwood

Jorge Ávila – Violin
Evelyn Petcher Brandes – Violin
Sally Shumway – Viola
Eliana Mendoza – Cello

Jorge Avila, violin

Honduran-born violinist JORGE ÁVILA has won consistent high praise from The New York Times through his many appearances as a soloist, concertmaster, recitalist, and chamber musician. A recipient of various awards and honors, Jorge received his Green Card under the “Extraordinary Talent” category, later becoming a US citizen. He was awarded first prize at the 2001 Mu Phi Epsilon Music Competition, and the Omar del Carlo Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Center. Jorge is concertmaster of the Ridgefield Symphony, DCINY and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series, and is a longtime artist member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble. He has appeared as concertmaster with the Stamford, Westfield and Greenwich Symphonies.  In 2015 Jorge served as concertmaster of the orchestra appearing with His Holiness, Pope Francis, at a televised Mass held at Madison Square Garden.

Evelyn Petcher

Violinist and composer EVELYN PETCHER BRANDES brings a passion for innovation and community to her performing and teaching. Her appearances have been throughout the United States and abroad at venues including international concert halls to community venues such as hospitals, museums, and coffee shops. Evelyn is a co-founder of Leadlights Ensemble, a community-focused string quartet based in Washington Heights, and East Lake Expression Engine, an El Sistema-inspired music education program for underprivileged youth in Chattanooga, TN. Evelyn has served as a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program, the Little Orchestra Society and the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Sally Shumway

Violist SALLY SHUMWAY has been an artist member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble since 1991. She appears on BAE recordings in works by Carlos Surinach, Robert Baksa, Meyer Kupferman, Soong Fu Yuan, Allen Brings and Roberto Sierra.  Sally is a longtime member of the American Symphony Orchestra, and also appears on movie soundtracks, TV jingles and Broadway soundtracks. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Manhattan School of Music, and is on the faculty of the Ridgewood (NJ) Conservatory.

Eliana Mendoza, cello

Longtime artist member of the BAE, cellist ELIANA MENDOZA has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.  She received a Diploma in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. A Winner of the Artists International Competition, she made her solo debut at Weill Recital Hall in New York.  Eliana also performed a solo recital on WGBH, National Public Radio in Boston, and reviews from The Enterprise, Brockton, MA have praised her as “…. a total artist…with a fluid touch, an impassioned mood and notable bearing.” Eliana is also a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and Westchester Philharmonic.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council and District 11 Councilmember Eric Dinowitz.



August 3
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Bronx Arts Ensemble


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