While chamber music today is typically enjoyed in concert halls, it was originally performed in smaller spaces, such as parlor rooms, private salons, and a locket worn around Mozart's neck. Celebrate chambers of all sizes with today's Groupon to the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington at Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get two general-admission tickets for Friday, August 19, at 8 p.m. (up to a $60 value).
- For $30, you get two general-admission tickets for Saturday, August 20, at 8 p.m. (up to a $60 value).
The extravagant Fasig-Tipton Pavilion houses this year’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, where acclaimed musicians give majestic performances and host master classes. Friday evening reveals a nuanced rendition of Dvořák's Terzetto in C Major, as delivered in part by the festival's artistic director, Nathan Cole, who also holds the position of first associate concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ravel's Trio in A Minor brings together soothing sounds of piano, violin, and cello, ad Schubert's famed Trout Quintet dances between strings, piano, and a trio of opera-singing fish. Saturday evening ushers in Busoni's Sonata no. 2 in E—its ivory, dulcet piano tickled by Alessio Bax, who has appeared as a soloist with more than 85 orchestras worldwide. Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze and a world premiere written by Daniel Kellogg set the sound stage for Dvořák's Quintet in G Major, as two violins, a viola, a cello, and a double bass come together to fight musical crimes wrought by vuvuzelas and Christmas recordings of dogs barking.
Complimentary master classes taught by the performing artists divulge musical information on the preceding Wednesday at various times and locations, and Thursday's open rehearsal allows for teasers and musical spoilers of the following nights. A Lesson in Seeing Music, a commissioned artwork by Lexington artist Lennon Michalski, encompasses orchestral strikes and moody blues, and will serve as a backdrop to the performances. The piece of art will also stand for silent auction, allowing one lucky buyer to enhance their home-studio décor and conceal any important wall safes. All classes are free to the public, as space allows, and student tickets for the entire festival can be purchased for $15.