Without music, concerts wouldn’t exist and funk would just be the smell emanating from an old sock filled with corn. Lend an ear to this GrouponLive deal to a Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music concert at the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. Choose from the following options:
- For $17, you get a general-admission ticket to one concert (up to a $35 value). Choose between the following concerts:
- Cuarteto Latinoamericano on Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m.
- Robert Walters Jr. and the Jasper String Quartet, on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. (up to a $35 value)
- For $30, you get one general-admission ticket to each of the above concerts (up to a $70 value).<p>
Students are regularly admitted for $8. A preconcert lecture begins 30 minutes before each show.
A preconcert lecture introduces audiences to the music and history of the following 90-minute performance. At the postshow reception, attendees mingle with the performers over wine and cheese refreshments.
Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music has drawn out-of-state musicians to southeastern Nebraska for more than 40 consecutive seasons. This spring it sources a pair of shows from the Midwest and further afield: the Grammy-nominated Cuarteto Latinoamericano imports four leading lights of the Mexican classical-music scene. The three Bitrán brothers and violist Javier Montiel have been nurturing their string-based synergy since 1982 while thoroughly canvassing all corners of the Latin American string repertoire. The Jasper String Quartet, on the other hand, takes an intensely personal approach to program curation, relying on emotional resonance to guide a selection of works that have ranged from Haydn to Ligeti. Oboist Robert Walters Jr. lays his mellow tone atop their bowing and plucking in pieces that, regardless of composition date, search out new resonances to evoke modernity without converting every tune into a ringtone.
Intimate performances blossom in the auditorium of the Sheldon Museum of Art, whose wealth of modern pieces engages concertgoers during intermission. Preconcert lectures imbue each passage with greater meaning via a discussion of the music’s structure and history, and the night’s performers grace postshow wine-and-cheese receptions so that audiences can meet the personalities behind the euphony and chat with them about their favorite notes.