Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Skyview Concert Hall. For $35, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $72.25 value, including all fees). Doors open one hour before the show. Choose from the following concerts:
- Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m.
- Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
- Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and performances by the three 2013 Young Artists Competition winners on Saturday, May 25, at 3 p.m.
- Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and performances by the three 2013 Young Artists Competition winners on Sunday, May 26, at 7 p.m.
A preconcert "Opening Notes" talk starts one hour before each performance. Student tickets are regularly $10 each.
Symphonic Variations and Symphony No. 5
When Maestro Salvador Brotons lifts his baton at the start of Franck's Symphonic Variations, the orchestra immediately begins building strong, independent columns of sound. Then a brief bout of silence settles upon the room. Soloist Darlene Cusick coaxes a tentatively interrupting melody from her piano, haltingly weaving harmonies that then are broken by the strings' defiant chords. The contrast between these tones grows more distinct throughout the piece as the score collages them in ever-changing permutations.
Mahler originally titled Symphony No. 5 the Giant Symphony, but he changed the name to reference how many full-size airplanes could be folded from the pages of its massive score. An epic, dramatic moodiness roils through the work’s ambitious aural landscape. A solitary trumpet verse commences the adventure. Next, a cold, cymbal-led blast of whole-orchestra sound crashes like a wave over the horn solo before breaking into triumphant rhythms. The trumpet soars and dives before melting into Mahler's dynamically emotive five movements, which variously boast, keen, sob, and celebrate.
The Oregon Repertory Singers accompany the orchestra in performing Prokofiev's score for the Sergei Eisenstein film Alexander Nevsky. Set in Russia, the historical drama follows Prince Alexander as he defeats the invading Teutonic Knights. Suspense immediately dominates its soundtrack, which opens with tense, vibrating strings played on violins carved from haunted trees, suspended over ominously restrained brass and woodwind instruments. A sense of the exotic swiftly follows, gilding the unease with twirling patterns that mirror the film's setting and plot. In sharing this story, the music vacillates between percussive victory songs, cacophonous explosions, and dread-soaked dirges.
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