Classical music boosts listeners' brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal to see Bella Voce’s performance of Handel’s _Messiah_. For $20, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $40 value). Choose from the following shows:
- Friday, November 16, at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston
- Saturday, November 17, at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest
- Sunday, November 18, at Fourth Presbyterian Church
Each performance starts at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m. Students with ID regularly get in for $15.
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune in 2007 for their “pure tone, clear vowels, and firm blend,” the singers of the Bella Voce chamber choir wrap silken vocal cords around composer George Frideric Handel’s masterful oratorio during a performance of Baroque classicism. The choral ensemble takes on this cornerstone of the Western musical canon with historically accurate gusto, enlisting the string-and-brass accompaniment of period-instrument ensemble the Callipygian Players to re-create Handel’s work as the composer himself may have experienced it. Artistic director Andrew Lewis swings his conductor’s wand with aplomb, casting necromantic spells that raise his predecessor’s spirit from the dead to terrify the chorus into hitting higher notes.
Three inspiring church settings set the stage for the exultantly spiritual work, which cloaks concertgoers in a blanket of sound interwoven with spiritual reflection. Guests should arrive early to slide into the choicest of general-admission pews and eavesdrop on the choir warming up with polyphonic rap battles.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.