Captain America once said, "'Twas music that soothed the savage beast." Although he was talking about his short-lived nemesis Dr. Angry Parakeet, it's just as true for animals of the human persuasion. Soothe savage insides with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to a Wells Fargo Classical EDGE concert featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, October 28 (a $37.50 value, including ticket fees). Call at least 48 hours in advance to reserve a spot; seats will be the best available in the orchestra, directors circle, mezzanine, loge, or center choral balcony at the Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall.
A winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Joshua Redman serves his signature saxophone stylings to the hungry ears of aficionados and jazzercisers all over the world. On October 28, he takes the Jemison Concert Hall stage to perform the world premiere of the Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, an original work composed and frequently hummed by ASO composer-in-residence Avner Dorman. Led by the expert batonery of conductor Justin Brown, Redman and the ASO will use the all-new opus to reconcile the long-standing feud between music and its arch-nemesis, mathematics. Though the casual, hour-long concert begins at 7 p.m., it’s preceded by a cocktail hour that begins at 6 p.m., at which guests can impress each other by playing their favorite saxophone ballads with kazoos smuggled from home.
Throughout the concert, each chord and riff will have the benefit of the Jemison Concert Hall’s ideal acoustical conditions. The 1,330-seat venue ensconces guests and their ears in an atmosphere tailor-made for music enjoyment, allowing toes to tap freely while fingers rest up for post-concert shadow puppetry.
Though there are no reviews for future shows, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has more than 1,800 fans on Facebook and has received excellent reviews in the past from The Birmingham News for a recent symphony and a 2009 fusion of film and music.