Orchestra concerts answer the age-old question of what sound a tree makes when it falls in the forest and then gets made into a violin. Solve the mystery with this GrouponLive deal.
- $40 for one ticket to Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Romantic Rapture (up to $80 value)
- When: Sunday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
- Seating: orchestra section
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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- Click here to view the program.
This Mother's Day concert features guest stars including the 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, violinist Benjamin Beilman, who solos on the Mendelssohn piece, as well as performers from the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, who accompany the Prokofiev with scenes from Romeo and Juliet, and Giuseppe Verdi, who brings the entire audience ghost-cake to celebrate his 200th birthday. Conducting the program is Scott Speck, who regularly pulls double duty as the artistic director of the Philharmonic and the music director of the Joffrey Ballet.
- Verdi—Overture to La Forza del destino: The movements of this Italian piece are as unpredictable as the opera that follows it, outlining the course of two lovers' lives. Beginning with furious strings that symbolize the blows of fate, the piece gives way to regal yet intimidating brass and a climax anchored by thundering tympani.
- Mendelssohn—Violin Concerto in E minor: The final of Felix Mendelssohn’s large orchestral works breaks traditional form with the immediate introduction of the soloist, who must navigate a maze of finger-curling scale runs to get the cheese at the end. Due to Mendelssohn's perfectionism, this piece was revised over six years, and for his efforts it has become a staple of violin repertory.
- Prokofiev—Selections from the Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suites: Every fight, every insult, and every stolen kiss in Shakespeare's masterpiece comes to life in these suites pulled from the ballet's 52 numbers. Throughout, one of the 20th century's most emotionally grounded composers demonstrates his command to adapt his generally cold style.
Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra
When the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting entirely of principals from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since then, it has blossomed into a collective of more than 200 professional Chicagoland musicians. But despite the increased size and bow-tie budget, the players have lost none of their precision or dynamic nature, prompting the Chicago Tribune to herald the group as “one of the finest symphonic orchestras.”
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Dr
Evanston, Illinois 60208