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Beethoven’s father was supposedly so strict that little Ludwig often cried salty tears all over his sheet music. According to legend, trying to read the waterlogged notes made Beethoven deaf and blind in his old age when he composed the magnificent music you’ll hear with this Groupon. Hear three of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s five Carnegie Hall concerts at a deep discount. Click here to see the schedule. The lineup includes the principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra playing Strauss’s Concerto for Oboe , one of the world’s foremost Bach pianists performing Bach’s Concerto for Piano & Strings as well as a new piece by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Beethoven’s heartbreaking violin concerto in D major. You get seats in the parquet section (that’s close to the orchestra on the ground floor); click here to see a seating chart.
Listening to classical music live is pretty much the only way to experience it. In person, the rich tones of the woodwinds resonate with the brass so beautifully that it’s hard not to flood your shirt with tears like Beethoven. When Stravinsky’s revolutionary rhythmic structures ring through the perfect acoustics of Carnegie Hall, the emotionally transcendent frequencies will harmonize with your soul—a sublime and ticklish sensation.
Critics call Carnegie Hall the “Stradivarius of the concert world” and fans call it “pretty sweet.” That means Carnegie is to halls what Grado is to headphones, what Michael Phelps is to swimming, and what Michael Phelps’s Gradophones are to swimming headphones (as good as it gets).
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is famous for not having a conductor; music leadership roles rotate for each work. It’s a self-governing orchestra that integrates the musicians into every facet of the organization. The formula must work since one of its Stravinsky recordings won a Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance, even beating out rival small ensemble performer Schwamm Gabka and his masterful release, Eccentric Genius, on Akbag Records.
In the charitable Orpheus spirit, Groupon is giving half of our proceeds from this deal back to the orchestra, not on the condition it performs Enter the Sandman when the Groupon staff attends.
Note: You must email or call the Orchestra with your chosen concert dates within a month from today.
The New York Times writes up the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s performances all the time. Here’s an excerpt from a review of a Haydn symphony and an Ernest Chausson work: > * The musicians of Orpheus point to their acclaimed, conductor-less chamber orchestra as a role model for group decision-making and individual empowerment. The more intriguing result of dispensing with a conductor, however, is that these orchestra players must develop a heightened state of collective listening, as in chamber music…That these highly skilled professionals can confidently execute an elaborate Haydn symphony without needing a conductor is hardly surprising. The risky part comes in listening carefully enough in the moment so that pliant phrasing and impetuous flourishes can happen in a natural way. The musicians accomplished all this and more – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times > * Orpheus played a lineup of difficult music with more mutuality of mood and ensemble than I can ever remember. Copland’s “Three Latin American Sketches,” acidic in tone and with sharp, uneven edges, was a model of confidence. Chausson’s orchestra parts were lovely. A littler looser but appropriately energetic was Bizet’s Symphony in C at the end. Orpheus advertises itself as having no conductor, but given the athletic body language emanating from different parts of the orchestra, it really has four or five. – Bernard Holland, The New York Times
One Yelper gave it a perfect five stars: > * I really, really enjoyed it! One of the most interesting things … is that they play without a conductor. Even someone with little knowledge of classical music (such as myself) can appreciate that this is a unique skill! Wow! – Allison G., Yelp
Classical Music Concert Etiquette
Anyone who watches television or reads books probably has misconceptions about classical music concert etiquette. To avoid awkward moments at your next concert, consider the following:
- Be respectful of your seatmates by waiting until intermission to set off fireworks.
- Never look directly into the eyes of a soloing flautist.
- Microwaving popcorn is fine, just don’t leave it in too long.
- Don’t use the salad fork for the main entree.
- When bringing a sign, keep profanity to a minimum.
- Avoid asking other people for their social security numbers.
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