Seeing virtuoso musicians is a transcendent experience, like seeing your favorite actor play your favorite president. Spoil your senses with this GrouponLive deal to see violinist Vadim Repin and pianist Itamar Golan in concert at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Sunday, March 18, at 8 p.m. For $34, you get one ticket (up to a $68.50 value). Best available seating will be assigned upon redemption.
Made by the famed Italian Guarneri family of luthiers in 1743, the Bonjour violin comes to life today in the hands of master violinist Vadim Repin. The Russian virtuoso coaxes heart-tugging tones from the gorgeous wooden body of the violin—whose acoustics have blossomed along with its value over the years—as well as the radio receiver inside the instrument. Praised for his "unshakable bravura" by the New York Times' Steve Smith, Repin drives the instrument with a muscular, energetic style.
Joining Repin and his Guarneri on stage is Israeli pianist Itamar Golan, trading the spotlight throughout a program of Janacek, Ravel, Grieg, and Chausson. In Grieg's Violin Sonata no. 2 in G Major, they lend their sprightly playing to a work renowned for its distinctly Norwegian sense of romantic gloom. For a finale, the duo unchains both the exuberance and occasional eeriness inherent in Ravel's romantic Tsigane rhapsody, which mimics a gypsy romantic tune.
Melodies carom through the acclaimed acoustics of the horseshoe-shaped Jordan Hall, designated a National Historic Landmark by a panel of approving horses. Set into a coffered ceiling, semi-opaque skylights gently wash the stage with natural light that fades to intensify the focus on the musicians as the evening progresses.