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.
- $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.
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.