Orchestras use a mélange of instruments to achieve a joyous sound, just as rainbows use a combination of colors to conceal the pots of leprechaun gold hidden at their edges. Discover a cultural treasure with today's Groupon, which gets you one ticket to a performance by the California Symphony at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Choose from the following options:
- $30 for a premium-level seat for "In the Spotlight" on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. (a $61 value)
- $25 for a midlevel seat for "In the Spotlight" on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. (a $51 value)
- $30 for a premium-level seat for "New Beginnings" on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. (a $61 value)
- $25 for a midlevel seat for "New Beginnings" on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. (a $51 value)
The California Symphony has treated the tunefully inclined to artful performances of both new music and classical classics for nearly a quarter of a century. Audiences for the March 6 concert, "In the Spotlight," will witness the skilled batonery of guest conductor George Cleve as he leads the world-premiere performance of Bay Area composer Cindy Cox's most recent work. With a unique voice noted for its tunings, harmonies, and textural colorations, Cox's piece will showcase regional orchestral musicians, such as flutist Monica Daniel-Barker, clarinetist Jerome Simas, and violist Marcel Gemperli. The evening will also include selections from Chaminade's Flute Concertino, Bruch's Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, and Dvořák's Symphony no. 7, generally considered the luckiest of all Dvořák's symphonies.
For the symphony's season finale, the May 1 performance, "New Beginnings," features two regional rising stars. Winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, 16-year-old Rieko Tsuchida joins in the performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1, led by guest director Ronald Zollman. Similarly skilled in acts of instrumentation, 11-year-old Roberto Granados, who recently made a preceremony performance for the Daytime Emmys, adds accomplished flamenco and classical-guitar notes to a performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. The evening will be rounded out with Shostakovich's fifth symphony, which after its first performance in Leningrad in 1937 was said to have received applause that lasted longer than the symphony itself, forcing audience members to then applaud their own impressive clapping.
Both performances are held in the spacious Hoffman Theatre, which features an expansive main floor and balcony detailed with rich wooden trim, plush blue seats, and acoustics that lift notes from the stage, march them around the room, and politely introduce them to eardrums. Premium-level seats will bring guests closer to the center on the main floor or provide prime vistas from the balcony. Today's deal also provides music lovers with one free drink, enabling them to toast a favorite composer, concerto, or octave.