Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see a performance from Music Worcester
- Where: Mechanics Hall
- Seating: best-available reserved seating assigned upon reservation
- Door time: 90 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $25 to see the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Brad Mehldau on Friday, October 4, at 8 p.m. (up to a $53 value)
- $20 to see “A Far Cry” Chamber Orchestra and David Krakauer on Sunday, October 20, at 3 p.m. (up to a $46 value)<p>
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Brad Mehldau
Over its four decades of existence, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has earned legions of fans and even a Grammy—and it’s done it all without a conductor. Orpheus plays collaboratively, with instrumentalists providing feedback to one another during rehearsals. For this appearance, they team up with innovative composer-pianist Brad Mehldau, who has served as a composer in residence at Carnegie Hall and worked all over the world.
- Johannes Brahms—Liebeslieder Waltzes: These love songs hold a somewhat scandalous bit of history. Brahms wrote them in order to try to woo the 16-year-old daughter of Clara Schumann—a married pianist and composer with whom he’d earlier carried on a passionate emotional affair.
- Brad Mehldau—Variations on a Melancholy Theme: Somewhat upbeat despite its name, this expansive new piece changes forms depending on who’s accompanying the composer and pianist, with lots of room for improvisation.
- Ludwig van Beethoven—Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”: One of the grandest and most enduring classical works in history, the “Eroica” moves through the hopes, setbacks, and triumphs of a heroic campaign. It’s a work of both enormous ambition and accessible melodic themes that seem designed to stick in your head immediately.
####"A Far Cry" Chamber Orchestra and David Krakauer For this performance, the chamber orchestra will be joined by clarinetist David Krakauer, whose genre-hopping proficiency mirrors the versatility and breadth of the orchestra's repertoire. Along with his classical work, he's an expert in the Eastern European Jewish klezmer tradition. * **Osvaldo Golijov—The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind:** This 1994 piece explores the story of a Kabbalist rabbi through klezmer melodies designed to evoke the sounds of three different languages: Aramaic, Yiddish, and Hebrew. * **Hildegard von Bingen—O ignis spiritus:** An innovator in the world of Gregorian chant during her time, von Bingen sets a paean to the "spirit of fire, bringer of comfort" on an airborne musical journey that soars high and low. * **Mehmet Ali Sanlikol—Vecd:** Although contemporary, this piece reaches back to a very old tradition: the mystical music of Sufi dervishes. Sanlikol translates their multiple rhythms and continually increasing tempo to the requirements of a Western string orchestra. * **Ludwig van Beethoven—Heiliger Dankgesang, from Quartet op. 132**: Many listeners have heard in the opening strains of this movement the sound of a person gently but deeply inhaling and exhaling. That's probably by design—the full title can be translated as "“Holy Song of Thanks by a Convalescent to the Divinity," and it was written as Beethoven was recovering from an abdominal illness.