Going to a concert is the only way to listen to music in public without having to put your mouth around a discman to catch its sound vibrations. Enjoy easier listening with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see David Garrett with special guest Martynas
- When: Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Riverside Theater
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $38 for main-floor seating (up to a $67.48 value)
- $28 for seating in balcony rows F–BB (up to a $51.42 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
David Garrett with Special Guest Martynas
- Source of Garrett's his first Stradivarius: German president Richard von Weizsäcker, who gave it to him after he gave a prodigious performance at age 11
- Classical bona fides: He studied at Julliard under Itzhak Perlman, and has earned numerous Echo Klassik awards for his contributions to the genre.
- Rock bona fides: a string of albums that combine Garrett's classical mastery with a sonic boost of adrenaline; his flowing locks
- How he landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as "the fastest violinist in the world": playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" in one minute and six seconds (it's more often around five minutes)
- Contemporary songs he classicalizes: Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Bond anthem "Live and Let Die," and Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal"
- Reason why he may have appeared in your living room, if not to borrow a cup of rosin: He did a two-night stint during Dancing with the Stars' Classical Week.
- 24-year-old Lithuanian musician Martynas's instrument of choice: the accordion
- Why the sound you're imagining might be wrong: He eschews Eastern European folk tunes for intricate arrangements of artists as diverse as Beethoven and Lady Gaga.
The Riverside Theater
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO's Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium's lavish drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.