Beethoven was known as a romantic composer for his musical contributions to the movement known as romanticism and for ravenously gobbling heart-shaped chocolates as he wrote. Enjoy confection-fueled compositions with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one section-A ticket to The American String Quartet performance at the Soreng Theater on Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m. (a $39 value), presented by the Oregon Mozart Players.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the American String Quartet's dulcet combination of viola, cello, and dual violin has been hailed by the New York Times as the "picture of ensemble unity." On May 15, the bow-drawing foursome sets the air particles of Soreng Theater swaying to chamber pieces from three legendary composers. The concert commences with Haydn's precisely wrought Quartet in G Major before the stormy sounds of Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat fill the theater with smiling cartoon rainclouds. The afternoon swirls to a finale with Ravel's sensual Quartet in F Major.
The Soreng Theater fills optic appetites with majestic views of angularly lined balconies and a spacious proscenium. The stage's floor boasts a sprung-wood surface, which often encourages postshow sock-sliding competitions.
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