In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
One of the nation's largest volunteer orchestras, the Hershey Symphony Orchestra brims with the talents of more than 80 musicians and award-winning conductor Sandra Dackow. Instead of treating their sweetheart to a romantic ride in a horse-drawn go-cart, Groupon holders can whisk them to the symphony's "Evening Serenade" program, which highlights amatory works by classical composers such as Brahms and Dvorak. The evening commences with Mozart's elegant Overture to Cosi Fan Tutti, welcoming visitors to the comforting confines of Evangelical Free Church of Hershey. After the performance, the scent of fresh coffee lures guests to a free Q & A, where Dackow answers questions about the orchestra, the music, and what size of turkey baster makes the best conducting baton.
Concertante spreads the up-close thrill of chamber music throughout the country with accessible arrangements of classic and modern works. As listeners settle into the Rose Lehrmen Arts Center's intimate concert space with no seat farther than 45 feet from the stage, the program kicks off with Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff's String Sextet, lacing modernist moves with rapidly changing rhythms and off-kilter melodies inflected at various points by jazz and dance modes. A spooky andante makes listeners check for under-seat monsters before spidery pizzicato punctuates a return to up-tempo fireworks. Commissioned by Concertante, Gabriela Lena Frank's Hypnagogia for String Sextet re-regulates pulses as it evokes the experience of falling asleep with an aural atmosphere noted by the New York Times for its "laconic, easy-to-follow simplicity."
The 98-year-old Reading Symphony Orchestra will be led by guest conductor Bradley Thachuk, who’ll direct the sonic traffic through an engaging pops concert. With this deal, you’ll listen to a charming collection of romantic tunes—the symphony lovingly performs such enchanting melodies so that hopeful husbands will be able to call off Cupid’s laser-guided arrow attack. Indulge the ears with the mellifluous melodies and sonorous tunes produced live by a mélange of cellos, violas, violins, oboes, and percussion instruments. This deal gets you a seat in the mid-balcony section, where one can see the entire orchestra as well as all the dazzling hairdos of the lower deck.
"So You Think You Can Sing Opera" gives amateur aria-artists an opportunity to spread their lungs and take flight in front of a live audience. These open auditions for future productions by the Baltimore Concert Opera showcase the area's untapped operatic ability, with performers (hopefully) soaring their way through seminal pieces from the operatic canon—think American Idol, except with fewer power ballads and more Puccini. Dress code for the event is business casual, so dust off your opera glasses and opera Foam-Dome and enjoy an evening of high notes and high pressure with today's Groupon.
The BSO's "Off the Cuff" series sends audiences on a journey through the lives and times of the evening's featured composers. Music Director Marin Alsop engages classical neophytes and veteran symphony-goers alike with her lively 90-minute concerts. Analyze This: Mahler and Freud delves into the subconscious of the composer and psychiatrist, re-creating a meeting between the two as Freud mentally pokes and prods at his subject's psyche. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony reveals the political drama of 1930s Russia, and Cinderella Suite explores Sergei Prokofiev's strained relationship with his fairy godmother. A free-for-all question-and-answer session follows each performance, and the evening concludes when several minor-league baseball players stop by to hit T-shirts into the crowd with a bat.