Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get two tickets to “Beethoven, Lee Hyla and Faure,” presented by the Portland Chamber Music Festival, at the Abromson Community Education Center on Saturday, August 13, at 8 p.m. (up to a $50 value). Guests 21 and under receive free admission, but an advanced ticket reservation is still required.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival, which has been broadcast on NPR and has received two Aaron Copland grants for American contemporary-music performance, is a community-based organization that brings nationally recognized classical-chamber-music professionals to the Portland area. Part of the Summer Concert Series held in the air-conditioned confines of the Abromson Community Education Center, “Beethoven, Lee Hyla and Faure” will serenade eardrums with the rich stringscapes of Beethoven's Viola Quintet, the most memorable five-piece since Batman joined the Fantastic Four for their two-disc zydeco anthology. Composer Lee Hyla, chair of music composition at Northwestern University, will introduce his Amnesia Redux, and the sonic shindig will conclude with a cochleae-rousing performance of Faure's Piano Quartet in C Minor.