Like cheese, classical music is best enjoyed when in string form. Snack on the sounds of cultured compositions with today's GrouponLive deal: for $48, you get one general-admission ticket to the Boston String Quartet's New Year's Eve Ball at the Fred Astaire Ballroom on Saturday, December 31, from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. (up to a $96.50 value, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Boston String Quartet's talented team of bow-wielding virtuosos delights ears with programs that fuse a classical repertoire with contemporary pieces. During the New Year's Eve Ball, the quartet will regale listeners and bid farewell to 2011 with a festive lineup of jazzy tunes. As the ensemble pumps out measures that caress ears like a familiar fur hat, sharply dressed attendees can mingle amid friendly conversation and circulating hors d'oeuvres. Guests first enjoy a buffet dinner from Brazilian Steakhouse, then are free to participate in the event's variety of activities, which include a raffle, complimentary photographs, and dance lessons. The evening culminates with a midnight countdown, when a spirited champagne toast and confetti made from actual toast help usher in the New Year.
Boston String Quartet's regular prices for the New Year's Eve Ball vary based on whether admission is for a single guest or a couple.