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.
- One ticket to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Grand Octets
- When: Friday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Alice Tully Hall
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $15 for rear seating (up to a $30 value)
- $24 for standard seating (up to a $48 value)
- $31 for prime seating (up to a $62 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
A relatively uncommon arrangement, the octet allows for a fuller sound and more intricate harmonies than smaller ensembles can achieve. To explore its many possibilities, a roster of Chamber Music Society artists join forces for an evening of varied compositions.
- Spohr—Double Quartet No. 1 in D minor: Spohr described his first double quartet — which predates Mendelssohn's famed Octet by two years — as "belonging to quite another kind of art" than Mendelssohn's. The inventive piece finds the two quartets performing "in double choir" with one another."
- Shostakovich—Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet: Mystery, drama, and melancholy reign in the Prelude, but the frenetic opening notes of the Scherzo usher in a more chaotic melody at once ambitious and ominous that builds to a frenetic conclusion.
- Enescu—Octet in C Major for Strings: Enescu considered his Octet in C Major the emergence of his "mature" voice—and he wrote it at 19 years old. Incorporating both Romanian folk tunes and emerging musical trends from the turn of the century, the emotionally charged work is at once traditional and forward-thinking.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Before the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was even built, the idea for its Chamber Music Society was born. American composer and Lincoln Center President William Schuman helped specially design a recital hall in which the chamber group could play more than three centuries worth of musical compositions. But the Chamber Music Society didn't stay contained within its venue. Throughout the following half century, its musicians collaborated with dance companies, jazz projects, and festivals, helping to spread awareness and appreciation of their craft throughout the city.