With today's side deal, music and visual art meet, invent a secret handshake, and invite you to join the club. For $15, you get a pair of tickets to Always Was & Will Be from the Brooklyn Philharmonic's Music Off The Walls concert series, a $30 value. Inspired by the To Live Forever: Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, this program explores life after death in ancient Egyptian cultures, touching on themes such as life, death, and regeneration. The Brooklyn Philharmonic has a reputation for uniting alt and classical musicians with great success, and this program is no exception. It includes world-premiere music from DJ Elan Vytal and string arrangements of songs by Schubert and avant-garde icon Nico, sung by soprano Mellissa Hughes.
Discover the exact location where music meets visual art and toast their mutual admiration. Since this Groupon is good for two tickets, use this opportunity to repay a friend who introduced you to the healing power of string quartets or to experience date night in the middle of the day. Spend an afternoon at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium at the Brooklyn Museum soaking up the auditory gravy. Call ahead to reserve your seats.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic has blurred the lines between classical and current music to great acclaim. The New York Times embraced last year's program, Shuffle Mode, where indie rock met classical:
- There was no question that the classical and indie realms can share a border where music turns pensive, knotty and otherworldly. – Jon Pareles, New York Times
Time Out New York raved about the BP's ongoing series of pop-classical collaborations, BP Presents:
- The Brooklyn Philharmonic has attracted plenty of well-deserved attention during the past few years with “BP Presents,” an impressive string of high-profile collaborations with alternative-music icons like Laurie Anderson, Antony and Joanna Newsom—the last of which we included in our roundup of 2008’s top live events. – Steve Smith