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 see Southeast Symphony Association presents Weather Watch: The Elements of Earth, Wind and Fire
- When: Saturday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m.
- Where: Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College
- Door time: 3 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $20 for rows E–H of the main floor (up to $40 value)
- $25 for rows A–D of the main floor (up to $50 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect student or senior discounts.
- Dvořák—Serenade for Winds: Written when Dvořák was just beginning to achieve fame in his late '30s, the Serenade for Winds' classic form pays homage to Mozart and Haydn. Not only does the piece look back to late 18th-century styles, it nods to Czech nationalism—represented by peasant dances—and revolves around a polka motif while strictly using the harmonic language of the 1870s.
- Stravinsky—Suite from The Firebird: Inspired by a fairytale from Russian folklore, this ballet score hits all the classic fairytale notes—a dashing prince captures the titular magical firebird, but releases it in exchange for help against a terrible evil, the demon Kastchei. The piece's enchanting narrative, marked by flitting woodwinds and rumbling brass, captured the attention of the world upon its 1910 debut, and rocketed Stravinsky to international stardom.
- Gershwin—"Summertime" from Porgy and Bess: The most popular song from Gershwin's masterful folk opera, this languorous lullaby encourages a child to remain silent while its parents enjoy their happiness with life and their swimming pool full of money. Since the aria's composition in 1935, it has become a jazz standard sung by the likes of Billy Holiday and Janis Joplin.
Southeast Symphony Association
Although Jackie Robinson had just broken professional baseball's color line and the US military was on the cusp of integration, the world of classical music remained largely barred to African Americans in 1948. Segregated concert halls made it difficult for black audiences to enjoy the symphony while similarly prejudicial hiring practices made it prohibitively difficult for black musicians to gain classical experience. So that year teacher Mabel Massengill Gunn gathered a group of colleagues to change that. Calling themselves the Southeast Symphony Association, they resolved to nurture talent while staging classical concerts in large African-American churches. Now, 66 seasons in, the group continues to thrive, staging 10 concerts each year and preparing musicians to play for such demanding audiences as major symphony-goers and grandparents who helped pay for music school.
Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, California 90506Get Directions