Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $10, you get one admission to one Amherst Early Music Festival 2011 Concert Series performance at Connecticut College's Evans Hall in New London (up to a $20 value). Choose from the following concerts:
• "The Passion of the Italian Baroque: La Seconda Prattica from Monteverdi to Vivaldi" on Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.
• "The Dark Lady" on Monday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.
• "Rose of the Compass: Travels from West to East" on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m.
• "The Light of Spain in Music" on Friday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.
The Amherst Early Music Festival Concert Series titillates audience ears with harmonious sounds emitted from the instruments of renowned performers. Armed with woodwinds, strings, and flexible vocal cords, the Amherst Baroque Soloists audibly illustrate key pages of the boot-shaped country's musical past in "The Passion of the Italian Baroque: La Seconda Prattica from Monteverdi to Vivaldi". Recorders run amok in "The Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s Sonnets" as the Flanders Recorder Quartet musically recounts Emilia Bassano's encounters with the famous playwright and his many identical twins. Featuring the percussive tendencies of four-time Grammy winner Glen Velez, "Rose of the Compass: Travels from West to East" dazzles audiences with the musical traditions of Bulgaria, Serbia, and the Middle East. "The Light of Spain in Music" douses sound sponges with the historic tunes of the high Renaissance, which feature a blend of ethereal vocals backed by 16th-century instruments and pantaloon-clad beatboxers.
Guests can arrive early to enjoy madrigals in the courtyard before each of the 90-minute performances and can linger after the show's end for postconcert receptions and swirling time vortexes in the lobby.