Filling a chamber with music is as pleasing to the senses as filling a bathtub with warm pudding. Sink into sound's soothing embrace with today's Groupon for concerts during the opening weekend of the Austin Chamber Music Festival, organized by the Austin Chamber Music Center. Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on July 8th, 9th, and 10th at the Bates Recital Hall inside the Butler School of Music. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get two general-admission tickets for any one concert during the opening weekend (up to a $60 total value).
• For $60, you get two general-admission tickets to all three concerts during the opening weekend (up to a $149.04 total value).
The Austin Chamber Music Center's annual summer celebration bills an eclectic lineup of talent spanning the musical divide, tickling the tonal reaches by way of a string quartet, a choral quartet, and a piano trio. On Friday, the internationally acclaimed Miró Quartet bows tremolos through contemporary compositions by Puts, Torke, and Glass while studiously avoiding twine-tangling kittens. Saturday's Anonymous 4 singers intone arrangements drawn from medieval and American folk works, and the Vienna Piano Trio, whose talented fingers have tap-danced across ivories from Paris to Sydney, storms the stage Sunday with Beethoven and Brahms. Within the gold and amber tones of the Bates Recital Hall, a gleaming three-story, 5,315-pipe organ toots the week's winning lottery numbers in Morse Code between movements.