Owning a good singing voice is impressive under any circumstances, unlike owning a replica Sherman tank, which isn't nearly as impressive in the parking lot of a donut shop. Roll up to an inspiring sight with today's GrouponLive deal to see part four of "The Mozart Journey"," performed by St. Charles Singers at Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. For $20, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $40 value). A pre-concert lecture begins at 1:30 p.m.
The internationally recognized St. Charles Singers continue their five-year musical voyage through the life of Mozart with the series' fourth live installment, accompanied throughout the concert by the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra. Seamlessly blending the heavenly highs and lows of 32 voices, the flock of songbirds has set out to soar across Mozart's entire career, starting with his stunning childhood compositions, dipping through the speed-metal-heavy teenage years, and eventually landing peacefully toward the end of the composer's vocation with Requiem. In March, a trio of his adolescent motets flutter gracefully from lips to ears, including Sancta Maria, Alma Dei Creatoris, and Missa Brevis. Instrumental sections give the audience time to catch their breath and securely seal the voices they've captured in vials, and Wheaton College music professor Dr. Jonathan Saylor will preface the program with a discussion of the music and its history.
After years of performing alongside renowned orchestras and on international tours, the Singers rise to the daunting task of filling the immense Victorian Gothic Holy Family Church with sound. 1860s stained-glass windows, arches and vaults leaping to 65-foot ceilings, and a towering yet delicate altar cradle the celestial proceedings and punish crying children by generating ceaseless echoes that only they can hear.