Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to a chamber-music concert presented by El Paso Pro-Musica. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $50 value, including all fees).
- For $49, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $100 value, including all fees).
For either option, choose between the following performances and dates:
- Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
- Monday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
El Paso Pro-Musica treats ears to chamber pieces performed by some of the world's preeminent musicians. On the 12th and 13th, Emmy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch conducts an evening centered on his own work, a piece commissioned by El Paso Pro-Musica itself. Wallfisch has worked on scores for 37 films, including Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, and he retains a deep feeling for visual stimuli even in his noncinematic works. Chopin’s Waterloo was inspired by artist Arman’s 1962 work of the same name, a panel filled with smashed piano keys and fragmented wood that echoes the music's frenetic mash-up of swooping violin (Gil Morgenstern), metallic percussion, fidgety piano (Piers Lane), and the plinking tears of a piano tuner. The work is bookended by Chen Yi’s Memory, led by Morgenstern’s mournful violin strains, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor.
Electrifying Stars of Tomorrow showcases Duo Parnas, the sister act composed of violinist Madalyn and cellist Cicely Parnas. In 2009, the New York Times praised the duo's “lush tone" and "pinpoint precision.” On the 27th and 28th, they interpret works by Gaspar Cassadó, Eugène Ysaÿe, Maurice Ravel, and Gian Carlo Menotti with both exactitude and passion. Bursts of low notes interrupt Cicely's virtuosic runs higher up the neck in Cassadó's Suite for solo cello. Madalyn, too, gets a chance to take the stage alone with Ysaÿe's Sonata no. 2 for solo violin, written as a letter of gratitude to one of the composer's violinist friends. But rather than celebrate fond camaraderie, the piece's main mood is dark and fraught: movements titled Obsession, Melancolia, Danse des Ombres, and Les Furies fly past in a bat-wing flurry of 32nd notes and frequent quotations from "Dies Irae," part of the Catholic Mass for the Dead.
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El Paso Pro-Musica
It's hard to imagine going bigger than Handel's Messiah, but for El Paso Pro-Musica, it was only the beginning. Since its first, Hallelujah-filled concert in 1977, the organization has brought renowned artists from around the world to the El Paso and Las Cruces communities—and, thanks to NPR's live broadcasts of the their annual chamber music festival, to listeners across the country. Current Artistic Director Zuill Bailey calls on his globe-trotting career as a concert cellist and his impressive musical education to lead both the company's artistic arm and its ambitious outreach efforts, which include musical "informances," pre-concert talks, master classes, and a willingness to patiently explain the difference between violins and violas hundreds of times over.
“If you know that you will be attending a number of concerts during the annual festival, it is worth purchasing a package.”