Like cheese, classical music is best enjoyed when in string form. Snack on the sounds of cultured compositions with today's Groupon: for $12, you get two tickets to the Spring Concert performed by the Austin Civic Orchestra at St. Martin's Lutheran Church (up to a $24 value). The concert takes place on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The talented volunteer-based Austin Civic Orchestra has perked ears since its inception 34 years ago and has been recognized as a semifinalist for the 2010 American Prize, which is given to the top civic orchestras in the country. The stringed set list will fuse favorite rhythms and harmonies with Rachmanninov's Symphony no. 2 in E minor and Mozart's
Sinfonia Concertante in Eb major and the sound onslaught features the regal reed action of guest artists from the Southwestern University Woodwind Quartet. After articulating the works of wig-wearing classical composers, the Austin Civic Orchestra will conclude the evening with Stephen Kaminski's Ten Emotions: A Tone Poem, runner up from the 2009 Composition Contest, finishing ahead of a piece entitled Ten Faces I Can Make While Playing the Xylophone. This performance features open seating, so groups of song scientists and chord chemists should plan to arrive early for the best seating selection.
606 W 15th St.
Austin, Texas 78701