Live music is a huge improvement on canned music, which takes up valuable pantry space and often spoils into noxious free jazz. Keep it fresh with today’s GrouponLive deal to a concert presented by UMass Amherst’s Department of Music & Dance at the Fine Arts Center concert hall. For $10, you get two tickets for general-admission seating on the main floor (up to a $20 value). Choose between the following concerts:
- The University Orchestra Concerto Competition concert on Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m.
- The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band concert on Sunday, February 26, at 4 p.m.<p>
UMass Amherst’s Department of Music & Dance nurtures young virtuosos into full euphonic blossom during performances from student-built music ensembles. Saturday’s concert spotlights a concerto competition from the university orchestra, in which top student soloists politely rumble in a cage match of bassoons and cellos. Conductor Vince Lee leads the 80-member platoon through ravishing works such as Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor and Glazunov’s Concerto in E flat Major.
Sunday’s show teams up the wind ensemble and the symphony band for a reed-wetting preview of the College Band Directors Eastern Division Conference. Conductors James Patrick Miller and Timothy Anderson lead the perfectly postured instrumentalists through rousing numbers by Stravinsky and Copland, creating a musical unity that proves parents of Montague brass and Capulet woodwinds wrong.
Though UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance features discounts for children, students, and seniors, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for most.