Click above to buy one $18 section B ticket to the New England String Ensemble on Saturday, January 30, at 8 p.m. at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall ($37 value). Click on the links below for other performances and venues.
- Buy here for one $11 section B ticket to see the New England String Ensemble on Friday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College ($25 value)
- Buy here for one $16 section A ticket to see the New England String Ensemble on Friday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College ($35 value)
- Buy here for one $23 section A ticket to see the New England String Ensemble on Saturday, January 30, at 8 p.m. at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall ($47 value)
- Buy here for one $13 section C ticket to see the New England String Ensemble on Saturday, January 30, at 8 p.m. at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall ($27 value)
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Despite its day job as a kite leash, shoe harness, or style of cheese consumption, the string has a much higher purpose: to be plucked and bowed to angelic resonances and beautifully orchestrated tones that dance through the air like treble-clef fireflies. Experience the hypnotic musical concoctions of the New England String Ensemble with today’s deal. Pick the show that best suits your fancy, with prices dependent upon the section and night. Tickets range from $11 to $16 for the Friday, January 29, show at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College and from $13 to $23 for the Saturday, January 30, show at 8 p.m. at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.
The New England String Ensemble plays everything from obscurities to well-known selections you can sing along to (if your voice happens to mimic a finely-tuned viola), with a repertoire that covers the classical as much as it does the contemporary. As part of a team of world-class musicians, each member of the ensemble contributes a piece to the musical jigsaw, which musical director Federico Cortese conjoins to neighboring instruments to create a seamlessly blended mosaic of sound.
A night listening to string music is about the most intellectually stimulating evening to be had outside of a rave in a public library. Impress a significant other with your love of high culture, or treat your favorite houseplants to a night on the town. Expectant mothers can try using today’s dose of classical music to improve their child’s intelligence by arbitrary amounts. While the jury is still out on whether this works, studies have found that most children conceived during classical music concerts grow up to be blithering idiots, so wait till you get home.
The New England String Ensemble has been featured in the Boston Globe, twice in the Boston Musical Intelligencer —here and here—and elsewhere. Critics have sung the praises of NESE’s past performances: > * Emotion and music went far beyond expectations…During several fortissimos when there seemed no more volume-making was left, one more escalation spine-tingled and mind-boggled. This was musicianship and musicality at the highest level — live! – David Patterson, Boston Musical Intelligencer > * Schubert’s Rondo in A (D. 438) found both ensemble and soloist-violinist Irina Muresanu deploying burnished sounds: the group’s deep, smooth-edged and silky, Muersanu’s warm and tightly focused, like an electric wire. [Musical Director Federico] Cortese drew out debonair phrases; even Muresanu’s emphatic moments remained within aristocratic parameters. – Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe