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Acclaimed violinist displays technical prowess and moving artistry in sonatas by Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Brahms, and Ysaÿe

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Expires Apr 25th, 2013. Limit 8 per person. Redeem starting 4/25 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Mayo Performing Arts Center. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase under same name to sit together. Seating will be pre-assigned. Discount reflects Mayo Performing Arts Center's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

  • $15 for one ticket to see violinist Ray Chen (up to a $35 value)
  • When: Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center
  • Seating: Rows U–FF of orchestra section, or rows C–H of balcony section
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m., pre-concert lecture held at 7 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the seating chart.

The Program

Since his 2011 debut album, Virtuoso, 22-year-old violinist Ray Chen has garnered acclaim from some of the world’s best musicians and critics. According to BBC Music Magazine’s Martin Cotton, Chen’s “violin playing [is] of the highest order. It’s not just [his] superb technique, but his sense of pacing in the music that is so striking: there’s always time for the music to unfold, even at speed.”

  • Mozart—Sonata for Piano and Violin in B Flat, K. 454: Legend has it that when Mozart sat down to play with young virtuoso Regina Strinasacchi, he only had time to write out her part, and sat at the piano playing in front of a blank piece of paper (a ruse that did not fool the Emperor in attendance).
  • Brahms—Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108: The piece’s four movements begin with a mournful violin line, undercut by piano as jittery and menacing as a caffeinated tarantula.
  • Ysaÿe—Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin: A solo sonata in four parts: "Obsession," opening with one of Bach's preludes; "Malincolia," or melancholy; "Dance of the Shades"; and "The Furies," which fills the room with eerily scratching strains as the violinist bows close to the instrument's bridge.
  • Saint-Saëns—Havanaise: The composer's French roots playfully intermingle with traditional Spanish rhythms in a spirited dialogue.
  • Saint-Saëns—Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso: The violin's lilting, heavily syncopated melody races through another of Saint-Saëns' Spanish-influenced pieces, sometimes dancing with the orchestra, sometimes flitting ahead.

Mayo Performing Arts Center

The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theatre fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future—a suite of education studios is onsite to cultivate the next generation of performers.

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