Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a ticket to "Michael Cavanaugh in Concert: The Music of Billy Joel and More", presented by Akron Symphony Orchestra. The show takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, in E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron.
For more than six decades, the Akron Symphony Orchestra has been the bastion of bouncy melodies and cerebral classical tunes for Ohio's ovation set. Hand-picked by Billy Joel to perform in the hit Broadway musical Movin' Out, Michael Cavanaugh received Grammy and Tony Award nominations in 2003. Here he'll lead his fellow Ohioans on a foot-tapping trek through Joel's poppy piano catalogue, accompanied by the Akron Symphony under the direction of Christopher Wilkins. Sing, hum, and angrily gurgle along to all of Joel's hits, as Cavanaugh has been known to play timeless cuts such as "Piano Man," "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "Keeping the Faith," and "Just the Way You Are." Since the show razzles and dazzles on Valentine's weekend, bring a special uptown girl or downtown man and nuzzle closely in prime Section B or E seating.
- The orchestra made Rodgers' famous melodies soar. – Kerry Clawson Akron Beacon Journal
- The hundred and some musicians played, as sportspeople say, “out of their minds”, producing a performance notable not only for the contributions of individual soloists but also for fine section teamwork and whole orchestra ensemble. – Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical