Classical musicians were the rock stars of their day, much like the rock stars of today are the notaries public of tomorrow. Stamp your senses with the finely crafted tunes of today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one adult ticket to see the Turtle Island Quartet perform its holiday-centric Solstice Celebration program, presented by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society. The show, which takes place Tuesday, December 6, at Carnegie Hall in Oakland, begins at 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 50th season, the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society celebrates a half-century of fostering the arts across the local landscape with breathtaking displays of musical talent and artistic insight. After dangerously overloading their mantels with two Grammies in the Best Classical Crossover category, the members of the Turtle Island Quartet display their signature blend of jazz, folk, rock, and various music styles from around the world with a polished classical technique. The four-string whisperers enchant audiences with the help of guest mandolinist Mike Marshall, a musician renowned for his skill and versatility. Guests take their seats inside the grandiose Carnegie Hall, a space lauded for its superb acoustics for chamber music and for being a challenging venue for games of Marco Polo.
Turtle Island Quartet's Solstice Celebration promises a musical recognition of winter festivities of the ethnic traditions of the performers themselves. Audiences marvel and immerse themselves in yuletide bliss as rosined strings beautifully sing of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Hindu holiday of Diwali as well as contemporary arrangements describing legendary office Christmas parties and dangerous bouts of postturkey indigestion.