It's always great to hear your favorite song live, because you can sing along and see what the notes look like as they float out of the instruments. See the music with this GrouponLive deal to see the Austin Chamber Music Center at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. Choose between the following performance options:
- For $14, you get one ticket for general admission to see “Inner Voices” on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $28 value, including all fees).
- For $14, you get one ticket for general admission to see “String Theory” on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $28 value, including all fees).
Doors open one hour before showtime.
The Synchronisms series of concerts blends formality with casualness, contemporary music with classics, in an intimate venue just big enough to let sound unfurl. “Inner Voices” comes alive with the aid of the award-winning Aeolus Quartet and the piano skills of artistic director Dr. Michelle Schumann. The evening begins with Giacomo Puccini’s Chrysanthemums, a dynamic piece that expands and shrinks, welding the instruments' melodies into minor-key harmonies that then fray down separate paths. The deft fingers of the solo violinist achieve startling velocities during Jean Sibelius's Voces Intimae, which soars into thin, lofty octaves before falling to earth for resonant, warmer tones. Lastly, Graham Reynolds adapts his 2009 ballet, Cult of Color, for the quintet, which is tasked with conveying the percussive series of stormy, rock-reminiscent sound mountains.
Pianist Gregory Allen and violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio combine the force of their instruments for “String Theory,” which presents three pieces: Duo for Violin and Piano by Franz Schubert, Violin Sonata by Fazil Say, and D Minor Sonata by Johannes Brahms. Schubert's piece spans twinkling, soft passages whose ethereal notes suddenly give way to bold, decisive chords before again becoming airborne. Plucked violin strings punctuate dreamy, asymmetrical washes in Say's sonata, whereas Brahms's extended violin notes form a dynamic landscape with which a piano melody contrasts and rejoins, occasionally startling listeners with sudden bursts of tempo and shouts of “Surprise!”