A night at the symphony not only provides a lasting memory of refined musical prowess, but also keeps patrons from resorting to the boring routine of watching the TV boil. Mix up the routine with today's GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get one ticket for premium-orchestra seating to see the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (a $65 value). All seating is first come, first served. Choose from the following shows:
- “Altered States”, including Symphonie Fantastique and Turtle Island, on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m.
- “Altered States”, including Symphonie Fantastique and Turtle Island, on Sunday, October 9, at 3 p.m.
- “Solitary Journey”, including Saint-Saëns' "Organ" symphony, on Saturday, November 5, at 8 p.m.
For 57 years, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra has regaled audiences with reenergized performances of classical masterpieces and innovative modern compositions. In the ethereal “Altered States,” two members of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet combine forces with the acclaimed orchestra to perform Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. The show also treats audiences to the world premiere of David Balakrishnan's Force of Nature, which showcases cellist Mark Summer as his music evokes visions of lightning, thunder, and tidal waves of Mountain Dew. As bows dance with strings in “Solitary Journey,” a furious pianist attempts to cut in during Schubert and Liszt's Wanderer Fantasy before the majestic organ steals the show in Saint-Saens Symphony no. 3. Acoustically engineered by Artec, the intimate Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert hall facilitates clear, powerful sound and a stellar view of the orchestra and a dusty theremin sitting offstage by itself.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
When Kim Allen Kluge took over as music director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in 1987, the outfit was made up of a small but enthusiastic group of community musicians. Sensing the potential of the orchestra, Kluge augmented the ensemble with freelancer virtuosos, quickly establishing the ASO as the premier professional symphony in northern Virginia. Today, the collective performs in the elegant Schlesinger Concert Hall on the Northern Virginia Community College campus, which makes for an acoustically friendly venue and a convenient base of operations for pranks on the Dean.
3001 N Beauregard St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22311