Listening to a symphony lets you peer into the mind of a genius without deciphering chalkboards full of equations or sticking a telescope in Stephen Hawking’s ear. View the work of a master with this GrouponLive deal to see the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center. For $75, you get one ticket for seating in the prime-orchestra section at any three classical performances of the 2012–13 season, starting on February 28 (a $177 value).
For the 2012–13 season, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach hews true to the National Symphony Orchestra’s illustrious 81-year history. Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax drops by in the spring for Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 2 (April 4–6). Recently praised by the Seattle Times for his "sheer humanity" that seems to "enfold every listener in a metaphorical embrace," Ax brings life to the early piece with a musicality gained over a half-century of playing and a steady diet of ground-up Fantasia VHS tapes. A beautiful example of the traditional concerto form, the piece opens with an extended orchestral introduction before the piano makes an entrance with a grumbling downward scale, segueing into a mysterious, delicate theme that interweaves with gentle string accents.
Later in the year, Pulitzer-winning modern composer John Adams picks up the baton to conduct his recent jazz-infused City Noir (May 30–June 1). City Noir, inspired by the seedy, shadow-filled movie genre of its title, earned Adams praise from the New York Times after its 2009 debut, with the Grey Lady lauding his facility at "piling up materials in thick yet lucid layers."
This Groupon is not valid for NSO Pops or special-events concerts.
National Symphony Orchestra
Along with regularly airing the masters, the National Symphony Orchestra has commissioned more than 60 original works, and regularly provides educational opportunities and exhibitions to aspiring composers, conductors, and musicians. Since 1986, the symphony has been a stalwart affiliate of The Kennedy Center and puts on as many as 175 performances there annually. Seven crystal chandeliers presented by Norway to The Kennedy Center dangle below the concert hall's intricate acoustical canopy and stare down the organ standing sentry at the back of the stage.