A night at the symphony not only provides a lasting memory of refined musical prowess, it also keeps patrons from resorting to the boring routine of watching the TV boil. Mix up the routine with today's GrouponLive deal to see a Music in the Barns chamber concert at Artscape Wychwood Barns. For $15, you get one general-admission ticket on Thursday, July 5, at 8 p.m. (up to a $27.49 value, including all ticketing fees). A pre-concert lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. Student tickets are regularly $15 before fees, and senior tickets are regularly $20 before fees.
The Music in the Barns chamber ensemble is committed to exploring the classical genre, performing new and traditional works with legends that include Yo-Yo Ma, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire. In July, the string quintet maintains their inventive nature with compositions by Michael Oesterle, Scott Godin, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Utilizing the acoustics in the Artscape Wychwood Barns—a streetcar-repair warehouse from the early 1900s—the string quartet will begin the evening with Oesterle's Daydream Mechanics V. The composition borrows its name from a book by Quebec poet Nicole Brossard and fits the industrial venue with a foundation of mechanistic aural devices. Scott Godin's All That is Solid Melts Into the Air for string quintet makes its world premiere immediately afterward, followed by Mozart’s Grande Sestetto Concertante—a sestet that is rarely performed because of its unconventional arrangement and a subtext that strongly criticizes his rival Antonio Salieri's powdered wig.
Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble
The resident instrumentalists at Artscape Wychwood Barns, the Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble makes good use of the surprisingly effective acoustics of the renovated warehouse it calls home. Dedicated to the works of modern and contemporary artists, the ensemble works closely with composers and builds their programs around 20th and 21st century artists. Not just classical artists either—the group has not only worked with Yo-Yo Ma, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company, but also with Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Richard Reed Perry of the Arcade Fire.