While 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Listen to classical music’s billionaire-creating melodies with this GrouponLive deal to the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. For $12, you get one ticket for general admission (up to a $25 value). Choose from the following concerts:
- "Salt & Stone" at the Broomfield Auditorium on Saturday, September 29
- "Ablution & Alkahest" at Bethany Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 27
- "Basilisk & Ankh" at the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 17
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:30. Student tickets are regularly $12 each.
In September's "Salt & Stone," pianist David Korevaar brings to the Boulder Chamber Orchestra an interpretive power that Allmusic.com has praised as "dedicated and right on the money." Beethoven's Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat begins the evening with an ingratiating piano intro that trips along into a orchestral theme of off-beat strings and lightly chirping woodwinds. Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 21 follows with its famous andante second movement, a gently shimmering orchestral cloud through which the piano moves like an eagle that’s just feeling really glad to be alive today. Written during a four-day stay at the palace of Linz, Mozart's Symphony no. 36 closes the night. The piece opens with a bombastic series of chords but quickly subverts its own heroic bluster with a dip into the minor key. A clockwork string section takes up the beat while oboes and flutes carry the melancholy theme high above.
October's concert, "Ablution & Alkahest," kicks off with Poulenc's Organ Concerto, played on Bethany Lutheran Church's multipiped beast by organist Kajsa Teitelbaum. Influenced by the baroque organ works of J.S. Bach and Dieterich Buxtehude, Poulenc himself said of his concerto that it was "a Poulenc en route to the cloister—a 15th-century Poulenc, if you like." The concerto's stormy beginning echoes the fugues of the masters who inspired it before the piece takes on colorful, modern tones from the orchestra. Bernard Herrmann’s score for Hitchcock classic Psycho makes the Halloween spirit explicit with string trills and staccato interjections that continue to designate suspenseful scenes and showers that houseguests are not allowed to use. The dark, knotty harmonies of Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony finish off the concert in a piece adapted from his String Quartet no. 8.
"Basilisk & Ankh" nods to November's chill with Chrysanthemums, a rare string-quartet piece by opera composer Puccini. The elegiac work's sole movement opens on quiet, mournful tones before slipping into a trotting viola bass line accompanied by an autumnal violin melody. Bartok's rollicking Divertimento livens things up, mixing rough-and-tumble folk melodies with the dissonant chords and jokes on form for which he was famous. Baroque composer Giovanni Pergolesi's shiver-inducing church piece Stabat Mater comes to life via soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane. Detailing Mary's biblical travails, the string section imparts gravitas while the angelic voices soar in tones by turns hopeful and dolorous.