Classical music boosts listeners' brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal.
- Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society presents the Artemis Quartet
- When: Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Carnegie Music Hall
- Section: best availabile
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $18 for one ticket (up to $39 value)
- $36 for two tickets (up to $78 value)
Based out of Berlin, the Artemis Quartet swoops into Pittsburgh for an evening of virtuosic music making. Winner of the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros for its compete recording of Beethoven's string quartets, the group has won praise from the New York Times for its "deft combination of rhapsodic vigor and cool control."
- Brahms—Quartet in C minor, no. 1: Characteristically hesitant to delve into such a well-trod genre, Brahms held back the impatient crowds while working on first quartet by writing, "I realize more and more how difficult it is to master virtuoso technique when one is not especially adapted for it . . . . It took Mozart a lot of trouble to compose six lovely quartets, so I will try my hardest to turn out a couple fairly well done.”
- Kurtág—Officium breve, In Memoriam Andreae Szervánsky: Equally inspired by Webern's atonal experiments as by the titular Hungarian composer, Kurtág's work moves without warning from eerie harmonic tableaux to explosive crescendos.
- Beethoven—Quartet in C-sharp minor, no. 14: Among the last works Beethoven completed, his fourteenth quartet is his most ambitious take on the form. Seven movements, varying in length from less than a minute to nearly 15 minutes, allow no breaks between for audiences to applaud and blow their air horns.
Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society
In 1961 the Pittsburgh chamber-music scene was in need of some refreshing. So, in an effort to meet fellow fans, strengthen their community, and celebrate their favorite genre, a group of music lovers founded the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society. The group imports acclaimed musicians and vine-ripened cellos from around the world, connecting performers such as the Juilliard Quartet and the Guarneri Quartet to audiences in the grand Carnegie Music Hall. The Society's educational programs, meanwhile, ensure a bright future for classical music by inspiring and instructing elementary and high-school musicians.