Without music, concerts wouldn't exist and funk would just be the smell emanating from an old sock filled with corn. Lend an ear to this GrouponLive deal to see "It Takes Two," presented by Ars Lyrica at Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. All Groupons include a copy of the Ars Lyrica album Euridice dall’Inferno / La Concettione della Beata Vergine (a $12 value). Choose from the following seating options:
For $30, you get two tickets for price-level C seating (a $70 value; an $82 total value).
For $60, you get two tickets for price-level C seating and two admissions to a post-show reception and meet-and-greet at Artista (a $40 value; a $122 total value).
For $35, you get two tickets for price-level B seating (an $80 value; a $92 total value).
For $65, you get two tickets for price-level B seating and two admissions to a post-show reception and meet-and-greet at Artista (a $132 total value).
The 18th century lightly shakes off 300+ years of history in “It Takes Two,” a feast of baroque collaborations. Fresh off the thrill of a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Opera Recording, the vocal soloists and chamber orchestra of Ars Lyrica delve into an evening of pieces with two or more soloists, most notably J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 for violin and recorder. Opening in a jaunty allegro, recorder virtuoso Paul Leenhouts spins an airy melody that dances among a stately string line. Marc Destrubé then steps in with a violin tucked under his chin, driving the piece forward with a majestic cycle of scales. Later in the evening, Destrubé joins Ars Lyrica’s artistic director and harpsichordist, Matthew Dirst, for Joseph Haydn's Concerto in F major. After a playful intro, the piece's first movement segues into a call and response between fiddle and keyboard, each mimicking the other like two bullies at a conservatory.
The evening unfolds at Zilkha Hall, a rose-hued jewel-box theater with seating for 500 and space for one giantess' tiara. After the show, reception-bound guests repair to Artista, sipping on wine, nibbling on hors d'oeuvres, and conversing with the performers about the music.
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