Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see a chamber-music concert by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble at the Brooklyn Museum. For $17, you get one ticket for general admission (up to a $35 value). Choose between the following concerts:
- “Spin Paris” on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m.
- “Three Part Inventions” on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets include all-day admission to the Brooklyn Museum’s galleries as well as 15% off dinner at Cheryl’s Global Soul after the performance.
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble continues its season with an exploration of the composers who shaped French music at the turn of the 20th century. The sonic experience begins with the world premiere of Quintet by Sean Shepherd, whose contemporary pieces share their sensibilities with French music. Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp follows, the trio chasing the enigmatic flights of the flutist to create a piece that challenges audiences with shifting time signatures and sporadic pop quizzes. The program continues with Ravel’s Sonatine en Trio for Flute, Cello, and Harp and finishes with Saint-Saëns’s Fantasy for Violin and Harp, where the violin dives in and out of the harp’s aural waterfall.
"Three Part Inventions"
Four pieces explore 125 years of three-part compositions, beginning with two pieces by Schubert. The first, Piano Trio in E-flat Major, is a calm and thoughtful nocturne that puts audiences at ease before the second, Piano Trio in B-flat Major, wakes up the senses by bounding along on the thread of shared melody between the piano and violin. Béla Bartók’s Contrasts opens with a curious combination of plucked violin and wildly running clarinet, and continues to defy expectations with atypical chords. Closing the program is Brahms’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, whose movements bring to mind pastoral vistas shattered by conflict and returned to calm again.
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