Baroque vocals, or barocals, were originally implemented by Bach to compose soothing lullabies for his 20 children. Charm your choral senses with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a B-Level seat to a performance of Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 or Mozart's Requiem at the Handel and Haydn Society (up to a $66 value). Choose from four performances:
- Beethoven's Fifth: Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
- Beethoven's Fifth: Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.
- Mozart's Requiem: Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
- Mozart's Requiem: Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
Orchestral aficionados and note neophytes alike will rejoice in the production of two of the most famous classical works of all time. Patrons who attend Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 will be treated to a diverse program, beginning with the overture to Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, followed by two baroque pieces by Haydn, and concluding with Ludwig van Beethoven's notorious Symphony no. 5 in C Minor, the saddest and most classical of all keys. Those hearkening to Mozart's Requiem may enjoy an entertainment beginning with Handel's Dixit Dominus, featuring mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella in her society debut. After the performance, artistic director Harry Christophers will conduct Mozart's haunting and mysterious Requiem, providing a poignant note on which to end the program.
Founded in Boston, the Handel and Haydn Society has been continuously performing baroque and classic pieces since 1815. The society has received many coveted awards, including a 2002 Grammy shared with Composer John Tavener and, recently, a 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year award for artistic director Harry Christophers. As it approaches its bicentennial, the spry society continues to exude a youthful exuberance, aiming to uphold its mission of performing baroque and classical pieces at a high level of artistic excellence for a diverse array of audiences.
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