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.
- One ticket to San Jose Youth Symphony's Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Its 2014 Spring Concert!
- When: Saturday, March 22, at 2:30 p.m.
- Where: California Theater
- Door time: 1:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $10 for orchestra seating (up to $16.52 value)
- $15 for balcony seating (up to $21.69 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The San Jose Youth Symphony's Philharmonic Orchestra rings in spring with an afternoon of classical favorites. The ensemble is joined by two winners of the 2013 Young Artist Competition, flutist Daniel Charif and clarinetist Robert Collar.
- Sibelius—Finlandia: Initially written to cap off a covert political rally against Russian censorship of the Finnish press, Finlandia became wildly popular as an expression of nationalism in the face of oppression. The piece became so notorious that Russian authorities banned it, forcing symphonies to play it under made-up names such as Impromptu or the sardonic Happy Feelings at the Awakening of the Finnish Spring.
- Mozart—Flute Concerto No. 1: Mozart claimed to detest the flute, a fact you'd never guess from this composition's graceful showcase of the instrument's sprightly tones.
- Grieg—Norwegian Dances No. 1: The Norwegian composer was well-known for his admiration of his home country's traditional music, which he often incorporated into his own evocative, enchanting works.
- Bernstein—selections from On the Town: Leonard Bernstein's musical follows three sailors on shore leave as they attempt to find the girls of their dreams. The score includes the exuberant "New York, New York," the wistful "Some Other Time," and other classic tunes about not being on a boat right this second.
- Shaw—Concerto for Clarinet: Big Band luminary Artie Shaw's most famous composition dares the clarinetist to soar to a double-high C with Shaw's trademark glissando.
- Borodin—Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor: An epic opera tells of a conflicted hero in the 12th century, set against the backdrop of the founding of the Russian nation.
San Jose Youth Symphony
The San Jose Youth Symphony, founded in 1959 under the San Jose Symphony, incorporated as an independent, non-profit organization in 2002, providing musical education to hundreds of local kids. Now comprising eight groups of varying sizes and experience levels, the organization stages dozens of concerts each year, as well as a biennial international tour that gives the Philharmonic Orchestra the chance to travel to exotic locales and learn which countries have the fluffiest hotel towels.