Concerts give music lovers the chance to gather together to hear their favorite artist and share one giant, meaty party sub. Share a moment with this Groupon.
- One general-admission ticket to an Austin Chamber Music Festival concert
- When: July 12–28
- Where: Antone's (Victoire, Time for Three), Bates Recital Hall (Aeolus Quartet, Vienna Piano Trio, Awadagin Pratt, Eroica Piano Trio, Miro Quartet with Michelle Schumann), Northwest Hills United Methodist Church (St. Petersburg String Quartet), Glad Tidings Church (Badi Assad)
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Austin Chamber Music Center Festival
St. Petersburg String Quartet (July 12)
The quartet lives up to its name by playing quartets by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and, in a slight detour, contemporary Georgian composer Zurab Nadarejshvili, and by not trying to hide a fifth member behind the cello. As tied as they are to Russia, they've spent lots of time in the U.S. racking up Grammy nominations and prestigious residencies.
Victoire (July 13)
This self-described "family of musical misfits" comes together around the compositions of founder and keyboardist Missy Mazzoli. Although the pieces are complex, the glitchy synths and gliding violin overlay an accessible pop sensibility—it's not hard to imagine them forming the basis for a movie soundtrack, and Mazzoli has collaborated with musicians from the National and Wilco. In reviewing debut album Cathedral City, Pitchfork wrote that the songs "evoke a vast interiority" and "pack in an admirable variety of technique and emotional shading, from dawning unease to distressed inspiration." Please note that tickets for this show are standing-room only.
Vienna Piano Trio (July 14)
The Vienna Piano Trio shows off the chemistry honed over the course of two decades together. The program includes Saint-Saëns's exuberant early Piano Trio No. 1 and Schubert's late, hefty Piano Trio No. 2.
Awadagin Pratt (July 19)
Pianist Pratt has soloed or been profiled on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, and even Sesame Street—which makes sense, given his extensive work in music education advocacy. Guests at this performance get to hear works ranging from a sampling of The Nutcracker to Zoltan Kodaly's attempt to channel Debussy.
Badi Assad (July 20)
On stage, award-winning guitarist Badi Assad dances, sings, and uses her own body as a drum. Her chosen genre is Brazilian flamenco, which suits her all-in, ultra-emotive performance style as she debuts original pieces.
Eroica Piano Trio (July 21)
Sara Sant’Ambrogio and Erika Nickrenz have been playing together since they were 12, meeting violinist Sara Parkins only a few years later. This concert centers on colorful pieces including Ástor Piazzolla's Estaciones Porteñas and George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Fantasy.
Miro Quartet with Michelle Schumann (July 26)
Surrealist painter Joan Miro inspired the name of the Miro Quartet, praised by the The New York Times for its "explosive vigor and technical finesse." In a program of Schuman, Beethoven, Elgar, and Puccini, they'll be joined by the festival's music director, Michelle Schumann.
Time for Three (July 27)
The canon means something quite different to string trio Time for Three. Although they're plenty handy with Beethoven and Bach, their sets also include songs such as Katy Perry's "Firework" and the Kanye West/Daft Punk collaboration "Stronger." Please note that tickets for this show are standing-room only.
Aeolus Quartet with Workshop Artists (July 28)
Named for the Greek god Quarter, Aeolus specializes in a forceful style that has won competitions across the country. After a Beethoven quartet, they'll be surrounded by musicians from the festival's workshop program for Louis Spohr's Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra in A minor.