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 to see a concert presented by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society at Carnegie Music Hall. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get one ticket for best-available seating upon redemption (up to a $39 value, including fees).
- For $36, you get two tickets for best-available seating upon redemption (up to a $78 value, including fees).
Doors open one hour before each show. For either option, choose between the following concerts:
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Winds + Piano” on Tuesday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has championed small-ensemble pieces from the canon and new composers since 1965. In "Winds + Piano," six ensemble members lead audiences through some of the repertoire’s most engaging works. The evening kicks off with Francis Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, whose spare opening keyboard chords mingle with somber bassoon flights. Then, a more jovial mood takes over: with a trill, the woodwind winks at the audience and strikes up a rollicking dance with the oboe.
After pieces by Joseph Canteloube and Darius Milhaud, György Ligeti's Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet obsessively delve into the melodic possibilities of repetition, their intricate themes compressed by bustling tempos into emblems of unease. The program closes with Mozart's magisterial Quintet for Piano and Winds, which he declared "the best thing I have ever written" when he completed it in 1784. Exemplifying the composer’s effortless elegance, the piece begins with a dreamy introduction driven by a slowly unspooling piano melody, which is echoed by the woodwinds as languorously as a three-toed sloth playing Simon Says.
Ebène Quartet on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Winners of the Forberg-Schneider Foundation’s prestigious, innovation-honoring Belmont Prize, the Ebène Quartet defies the separation of jazz, popular, and classical music. The musicians rifle through the possibilities of each style to inform their playing—an attitude that’s earned them praise from such outlets as the New York Times, which lauded them as "spirited and consistently inventive." Mozart's Divertimento in F Major begins the program, with the four lively string voices zipping through the melody like sunbeams caught between swift-moving clouds. Written just two months before the end of his life and immediately after his sister's death, Mendelssohn's String Quartet no. 6 showcases the composer's ability to convey intense emotion. Out of the silence comes a croak from the cello, immediately followed by a simmering tremolo from the other strings.
Tchaikovsky's String Quartet no. 1 closes out the night, spotlighting the more intimate side of a composer best known for sweeping symphonies and thunderous concertos. The andante cantabile second movement stands out as the beating heart of the piece, an achingly lyrical melody that reportedly made Tolstoy cry when he first heard it and again when Tchaikovsky wouldn’t trade the score for some of his old baseball cards.