Classical music boosts listeners' brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal to see the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. For $48, you get a family-series subscription for a family of two adults and two children (up to a $96 value). Performances in the family series include:
- "Carnival of the Animals" at Michigan Theater on Sunday, November 4, at 4 p.m.
- "Sing Along with Santa" at Bethlehem United Church of Christ on Saturday, December 15, at 4 p.m.
- "Around the World with Music" at Michigan Theater on Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m.
Doors open one hour before each performance. Best-available seating will be assigned upon redemption.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has been planted in the rich soil of Ann Arbor’s arts community since 1928, and exudes a youthful spirit in its family series, a trio of fanciful concerts designed to engage music lovers of all ages. November’s "Carnival of the Animals" ushers in music from three critter-filled children’s stories—Carnival of the Animals, Raccoon Tune, and The Lion King—and brings them to life via pianists Elizabeth and Sonya Schuman, narrator Josh Penman, and a choir of cats. Nancy Shaw, author of Raccoon Tune, will be in attendance to sign her book. Starting at 2:30 p.m., a preconcert celebration allows families to get a whole new perspective on the orchestra. The celebration includes a petting zoo stocked with both orchestral instruments and friendly pups from the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Just before Christmas, families can stock up on cheer and attend the interactive activity "12 Days of Christmas." Accompanied by the piano, Saint Nick croons classic Christmas tunes such as “Silent Night” before reading ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and posing for family photos. Cider and holiday cookies complete the festive atmosphere.
In March, 14-year old soloist Adé Williams commands the violin during "Around the World with Music." Hooves clack, fiddles leap, and hills roll through the instantly recognizable aural landscape of “Hoe-Down,” a classic snapshot of Americana taken from Aaron Copland’s folk ballet Rodeo. Then, the journey moves on to Akpabot’s Three Nigerian Dances, Ginastera’s Estancia, and Sibelius’s Finlandia, showcasing melodies from Africa, South America, and Europe. Starting at 2 p.m., families are encouraged to attend a variety of interactive preconcert activities.
Though the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
In 1928, four musicians from an Ann Arbor church joined together to play at services. Decades later, after several names and a number of music directors, the orchestra continues strong. Current music director Arie Lipsky leads the group through programs tailored for listeners of all ages, from evenings of Tchaikovsky and Dvořák to family-friendly sing-alongs. That emphasis on accessibility even extends beyond the orchestra—the orchestra reaches out to the community with a number of school programs that engage and transform music for children.