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: for $10, you get one ticket to The Triumvirate of the era of Bel Canto at 3 p.m. February 13 at St. Mark's Church (a $20 value).
Although born within 10 years of each other, 19th-century maestros Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini never collaborated in life, either musically or in a sitcom where they played hilariously mismatched roommates. The Triumvirate of the era of Bel Canto brings the three composers’ heralded works together, with vocalists Erika Burkhart, Robyn Rocklein, Francisco Renteria, and Seth Kershisnik accompanied by pianist Bonnie Bird as they present selections from a glittering array of operatic gems, including I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Romeo & Juliet), L’Elisir d’Amore, The Barber of Seville, and Lucia di Lammermoor. Between performances, narrator Vivian Weede will intricately weave in historical tidbits to fit each program piece. Besides supporting the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, which promotes a wide variety of events each year involving local musicians and luminaries, today's Groupon lets you fill your aural orifices with transcendent music that stands the test of time, unlike most full-sized butter re-creations of Angkor Wat.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance won a 2008 Tucson Pima Art Council LUMIE Award in the category of established arts organization under its previous name, the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council.