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 the Brahms Festival Special Concerts at Camerata San Antonio. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two general admissions to the concert on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value).
- For $20, you get two general admissions to the concert on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value).
- For $20, you get two general admissions to the concert on Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value).
- For $50, you get two general admissions to all three concerts in the series (up to a $96 value).
Doors open one hour before each show.
The festival’s series of small-ensemble masterpieces begins with a miniature version of the orchestra performing two sextets for violins, violas, and cellos. Sextet no. 1 in B-Flat major carries a compelling urgency through its fast and slow portions, and Sextet no. 2 in G Major enters subtly before it builds to a quick crescendo, much like a drag-racing station wagon equipped with turbo boosters.
The dramatic strains of Brahms's String Quartet in A Minor open this performance as a violin wails like a broken-hearted siren. Next, pianist Kirill Gerstein takes over for the Paganini Variations, running through increasingly complicated iterations of the work’s progressive, passionate theme. Finally, the slow and soft Intermezzos for piano carry out audiences on a cloud of quarter notes.
Clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg and violinist Vadim Gluzman trade off the spotlight in a concert that spans the gamut of emotions. The bucolic, daydreamy Clarinet Sonata in E-Flat Major sees woodwinds and keys frolic in a serene soundscape, clouded over by the sadder Violin Sonata in G Minor. Once the dramatic musical storm has passed, a sweet wind picks up again in the Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, in which all parts share a noodling melody both innocent and complicated.
Camerata San Antonio
Founded by cellist Kenneth Freudigman and violist Emily Watkins Freudigman in 2004, Camerata San Antonio brings together a symphonic roster composed of several of the San Antonio Symphony's principal players and more than a few internationally recognized musicians. More than a dozen acclaimed artists might be on-call for a concert during any given season, and the entourage's diverse concert schedule consequently offers plenty of strikingly different small-ensemble performances.