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 the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society present the Ebène Quartet at Carnegie Music Hall on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get one ticket for best-available seating (up to a $39 value, including all fees).
- For $36, you get two tickets for best-available seating (up to a $78 value, including all fees).
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.