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 today’s GrouponLive deal for tickets to a chamber-music concert presented by El Paso Pro-Musica. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $50 value).
- For $50, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $100 value).
For either option, choose from the following performances:
- Andrés Díaz presents “Bits and Pieces” at Atkinson Recital Hall on Sunday, January 22, at 2 p.m.
- “The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas – Part I” at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall on Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m.
- “The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas – Part II” at the First Baptist Church of El Paso on Monday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m.
El Paso Pro-Musica treats ears to chamber pieces performed by some of the world’s preeminent musicians. One-time winner of the Naumburg International Cello Competition, Andrés Díaz brandishes a bow built from candy-cane fragments during “Bits and Pieces,” which features such diverse works as Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Astor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango. “The Complete Beethoven Sonatas” sees violinist Ik-Hwan Bae joining forces with ivory-tickler Sung-Mi Im to wend through a collection of the classical heavyweight’s works, including the popular Spring sonata. Violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute pick up the trail in the second part of the sonata series, with sweeping pieces such as the high-energy Kreutzer sonata. Seating for all concerts will be first come, first served, allowing friends to sit together and rewarding patrons that sneak in a day early through the air vents.
El Paso Pro-Musica
It's hard to imagine going bigger than Handel's Messiah, but for El Paso Pro-Musica, it was only the beginning. Since its first, Hallelujah-filled concert in 1977, the organization has brought renowned artists from around the world to the El Paso and Las Cruces communities—and, thanks to NPR's live broadcasts of the their annual chamber music festival, to listeners across the country. Current Artistic Director Zuill Bailey calls on his globe-trotting career as a concert cellist and his impressive musical education to lead both the company's artistic arm and its ambitious outreach efforts, which include musical "informances," pre-concert talks, master classes, and a willingness to patiently explain the difference between violins and violas hundreds of times over.