Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with today’s GrouponLive deal to see A Chain of Love, performed by Ensemble Musical Offering, Milwaukee’s Midwest Bande for Early Music at the Cathedral Church of All Saints. For $35, you get two general-admission tickets for Sunday, February 19, at 4 p.m. (up to a $70 value, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Led by artistic director Joan Parsley, Ensemble Musical Offering floods ear canals with faithful period renditions of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras. A Chain of Love commemorates Valentine's Day with a program of romantic pieces by such composers as Bach and Biber, played on meticulously restored period instruments including the lute, viola d'amore, and hand-cranked Gregorian monk. Soprano Sarah Richardson lends her honeyed vocals to love songs from Purcell and Stoetzel while English translations of German and Italian poetry from the period fill heads with vintage lovey-dovey thoughts. The Cathedral Church of All Saints houses the beautiful melodies in Gothic revival elegance, with a recently restored hardwood floor that dampens distracting reverb and gives reformed termites a chance to prove themselves.
Though Ensemble Musical Offering features discounted student tickets, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for most customers.