Click above to buy tickets for a $35 orchestra seat ticket to All-Beethoven Valentine’s Day Weekend on 2/14/10 at 3 p.m. Click on the links below for other dates and seating locations:
- Buy here for a $35 orchestra seat ticket to All-Beethoven Valentine’s Day Weekend on 2/13/10 at 8 p.m.
- Buy here for a $35 orchestra seat ticket to Elizabeth Bishop & Ta’u Pupu’a Sing Mahler on 3/13/10 at 8 p.m.
- Buy here for a $35 orchestra seat ticket to Elizabeth Bishop & Ta’u Pupu’a Sing Mahler on 3/14/10 at 3 p.m.
- Buy here for a $35 orchestra seat ticket to Season Finale with Carmina Burana! on 5/22/10 at 8 p.m.
- Buy here for a $35 orchestra seat ticket to Season Finale with Carmina Burana! on 5/23/10 at 3 p.m.
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If you’re a music buff, there’s no more-romantic Valentine’s Day gift than composing a sonata in D minor for your beloved—unless your beloved gets upset over how your main melody doesn’t even use the chromatic scale to secretly spell out a love letter. Today’s deal will give you a safe back-up option. For $35, you get a ticket to any of three performances by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, a $70 value. All seating will be orchestra seats at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Exchange your Groupon for your ticket at the Will Call area.
The All-Beethoven Valentine’s Day Weekend starts things off on a swooningly romantic note, with the ASO performing Ludwig’s Prometheus Overture, Symphony no. 6 (the Pastorale), and Piano Concerto no. 4 featuring pianist Yuliya Gorenman. One critic describes the music as “gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh… like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.”
March’s concert, Elizabeth Bishop & Ta’u Pupu’a Sing Mahler, will strike a more thundering note, as the ASO opens with selections by Ravel, Debussy, and Vivaldi before mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop and tenor Ta’u Pupu’a (a former NFL player) close with Mahler’s transcendental final work, Das Lied von der Erde. In May, the ASO will close its season with maximum bombast.
The Season Finale with Carmina Burana! will feature Orff’s most famous work in its entirety (not just that one song about tuna that Hollywood uses to convey a sense of Gothic doom and cataclysm in every trailer, TV show, and baby food commercial). Soprano Katharine Dain and tenor Peter Burroughs are set to perform the 24-movement cantata.
Tickets will be available at the Will Call area, but call in advance to snag seats close enough to see the singers’ uvulas flutter open with each high note.
The Washington Times and Washington Post have reviewed past ASO performances, saying: > * Extracting huge sound from his instrument, [musician Carlos] Rodriguez seemed not so much to play the piano as attack it, pounding it into submission. It was a thrilling performance, with conductor Kim Allen Kluge and the orchestra providing enthusiastic backup. – Mark J. Estren, Washington Post > * The ASO performed this absolutely charming music smoothly and with great attention to nuance and detail. – Washington Times
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.
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