String theory is a graceful marriage of quantum mechanics and general relativity, which is why perfectly tuned string quartets always open interdimensional portals. Embrace musical theory with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a ticket to "Spring Has Sprung...", a jazz- and tango-inspired music performed by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra featuring the Quartet San Francisco (a $40 value), at the Le Petit Trianon Theatre on North Fifth Street. Groupon holders will be seated in the adult B section; call ahead to reserve your spot. Students age 22 and under are subject to discounted pricing and do not need to purchase a Groupon. Choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Quartet San Francisco is a vibrantly nontraditional ensemble, and will play two pieces that celebrate the welcome inspirations of jazz, tango, and spring, all within glorious acoustic and architectural environs. San Jose Chamber Orchestra’s venerable conductor Barbara Day Turner, known for her innovative programming, wields the baton as the bestringed foursome delivers Anica Galindo’s "Trinitas III" and Henry Mollicone’s "Fantasía Para Cuerdas." Violin co-conspirators Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose, viola repeat offender Keith Lawrence, and stealthy cellist Gianna Abondolo are deft crossover artists as well as Grammy nominees, having played in a multiplicity of genres and performed in strikingly diverse venues around the country.
Le Petit Trianon Theatre is a seasoned performer in its own right, having been built in 1923 as an homage to the Petit Trianon in Versailles. Known for its winsome acoustics as well as its Francophile lines, it’s a favorite space for musicians and acoustically oriented ear-horn owners alike.
While seniors are subject to discounts, this Groupon still represents a better deal.