Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a ticket to a performance by internationally acclaimed classical pianist Ivana Ristova (a $20 value) at The Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Renowned Macedonian musician and accomplished award accumulator Ivana Ristova brings her key-hopping piano chops and contagious passion for music to the Drew University concert hall for an evening of Beethoven-provided chills and Rachmaninoffian rhythms. The program includes a piece by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Waldstein Sonata, as well as Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, which served as the original title theme for Cops before the show moved away from documenting the fine art of interpretive tasering.
The Concert Hall at Drew University, located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, is a top-quality venue whose precisely designed interior exudes an austere aesthetic atmosphere to complement its bell-clear acoustics. Unlike large outdoor amphitheaters, there is no AstroTurf lawn with hacky sack pits and hemp-woven Jimmy Carter effigies, so all audience members are guaranteed an actual chair and a solid view of the pianist. Great for a romantic evening out, or a lone venture into the mellifluous world of long-dead Europeans, a performance by Ivana Ristova guarantees aural bliss.
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