Captain America once said, "'Twas music that soothed the savage beast." Although he was talking about his short-lived nemesis Dr. Angry Parakeet, it's just as true for animals of the human persuasion. Soothe savage insides with today's Groupon, which gets you a ticket to see the New England String Orchestra on December 4 or 5. Performances will be held at First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield for the December 4 show and at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Gainsborough Street for the December 5 show. Choose from the following options:
- $17 for a section A ticket for the performance on Saturday, December 4 at 3 p.m. (a $35 value)
- $12 for a section B ticket for the performance on Saturday, December 4 at 3 p.m. (a $25 value)
- $23 for a section A ticket for the performance on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. (a $47 value)
- $18 for a section B ticket for the performance on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. (a $37 value)
- $13 for a section C ticket for the performance on Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m. (a $27 value)
The New England String Orchestra, which has garnered accolades from The Boston Globe and The Boston Musical Intelligencer, produces stirring renditions of both classical and contemporary stringed masterpieces. Listen in as the orchestra performs its vibrant interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Minor, op. 18, no. 4; Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054; and other pieces, all without the aid of Auto-Tune or magic flutes. The orchestra’s professional string-vibrators will work within the acoustically impeccable confines of First Parish Congregational Church as well as historic Jordan Hall, which was built in 1903 and designated a National Historic Landmark because of its role in William Howard Taft’s “Viola Folly” scandal. Ticket holders who show up 45 minutes in advance of either performance can also serenade their brains with a spoken-word symphony of knowledge from Italian-educated musical director Federico Cortese, who leads an interactive discussion prior to each NESO concert.
- The intertwining of tradition and modernity made for a program that hung together exceptionally well. – David Weininger, The Boston Globe