Most people wish they saw more classical music performances, especially those of us living in Chicago - our symphony is ranked the best in the country. With today’s Groupon, you can see some of the CSO musicians performing with the city’s leading chamber music organization, Chicago Chamber Musicians. The Groupon will get you a huge discount - 58% off - on great seats to any of the three remaining concerts in the CCM subscription series. The concerts are:
- Sunday, February 8 (Prokofiev, Newman, Debussy, Mozart)
- Sunday, March 22 (Debussy, Ligeti, Spohr)
- Sunday, April 19 (Beethoven)
Tickets are in Row C (that’s “3” in number-speak), meaning you’ll see every bead of sweat, every particle of rosin, emanating from these virtuosic musicians. Each concert is located in Evanston’s gorgeous Pick Staiger Auditorium. Make an evening out of it by indulging in one of Evanston’s restaurants - they’ve got some of the best dining in Chicagoland.
Watch the CCM play Mozart’s Gran Partita.
Everything you need to know about chamber music in 162 words
Since most people aren’t familiar with chamber music, here’s a short primer. Unlike music written for orchestras, chamber music features a small ensemble of musicians. Chamber groups first started to form in the 1760s, when young musicians, inspired by contemporaries like Mozart and Handel, began playing together in their bathrooms (the ceramic tiles of which provided superior acoustics).
Beethoven is perhaps the most notorious musician to cut his teeth in a chamber group. Like all young men of his time, Beethoven grew up under the presumption that he would one day inherit his father’s trade - fletchery, in his case. But after discovering an ad nailed to a church door calling for a second fiddle for “Dilly and the Baroqckers,” he decided to give music a try. The precocious Beethoven soon overshadowed his peers, including the vindictive Dilly, who tried to poison Beethoven by gifting him a fiddle fortified with arsenic. Not one to showboat, however, Beethoven never licked his fiddle.
Beethoven’s solo career began in tragedy. One evening on the tour boat, Warren, Dilly’s thirteen year-old invalid son who idolized the virtuosic second fiddler, limped into Beethoven’s quarters while he slumbered. Warren snuck Beethoven’s poisoned fiddle deck-side, where he gave a rapturous fantasy performance to the vast sea. But lacking Beethoven’s temperance, Warren accepted the ocean’s applause with a lick of the fiddle, bringing his life, as well as that of the Baroqckers, to an ironic finale. And that, of course, is where the phrase, “lick the fiddle” originated.
Could the next Beethoven be performing at one of these concerts? Get your Groupon and find out.
Anyone with a Groupon can arrive the day of the show and will be given a seat. However, to ensure that the best available seat is reserved for you, please call or email in advance to confirm you will be attending.
phone: (312) 225-5226
There is a maximum of 90 groupons available today, so hurry up & get yours before it’s too late.