Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with today's GrouponLive deal to see “Baroque to Jazz,” presented by the Virginia Chamber Orchestra at the Ernst Cultural Center in Annandale. For $9, you get one ticket for general-admission seating on Sunday, February 19, at 4 p.m. (up to a $20 value, including all fees). Student tickets are free for this performance.
Music director Emil de Cou takes listeners on a sonic journey that sails the Virginia Chamber Orchestra's sound waves to baroque and neoclassical shores, then back through the romantic and contemporary coasts of jazz. The featured piece of the program, Grieg's Holberg Suite of 1884, takes the charming string movement to the late 17th century, when the playwright Ludvig Holberg lived and when flimsy top hats had to be filled with stale oatmeal so that they could stay upright. Maestro Cou mines more neoclassical splendor as violins, cello, and a four-part string orchestra resonate throughout the hall during Handel's concerti grossi from Twelve Grand Concertos, Opus 6. The orchestra breaks 20th-century ground with a composition by Washington native Duke Ellington. His “Solitude” gently exposes listeners to a heartbreakingly simple tune that has stood the test of time better than hand-whittled watches.
After the performance, the orchestra hosts a complimentary reception. On display, Virginia artist Linda Jones paints the intimate relationship with nature that modern life often neglects by frequently forgetting to call on its birthday.