What You'll Get
Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater, or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today’s Groupon to the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s “Celebrating Gerhardt” performance, which takes place at Umstattd Hall on Sunday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. Choose between the following two seating options:
- For $10, you get one ticket worth $20 (roughly upper-level rows JJ–QQ and the outer four seats of the main floor left and main floor right)
- For $15, you get a ticket worth $30 (roughly upper-level rows DD–HH, main floor left and right, and main floor center rows D–G)
Tickets in these sections are first-come, first-serve, so book early for the best seats. Ticket-holders who arrive at 6:30 p.m. will also get to enjoy an informative hour-long discussion of the concert’s lineup of pieces and the fascinating stories behind them.
“Celebrating Gerhardt” raises an effervescent musical toast to Canton Symphony Orchestra music director Gerhardt Zimmermann’s 30 years of virtuoso baton-work by sharing the maestro’s passion for Beethoven with his audience. The concert program opens with American composer Kevin Puts’ Inspiring Beethoven, whose dark shadings and joyous melodies imagine Beethoven, as he composes the Vivace movement of his Seventh Symphony, finding inspiration like a beacon of light that cuts through the despair of his encroaching deafness and the last two seasons of The X-Files. Dvorák’s American Suite mingles the cultural influences of his adopted country with his Czech roots before the evening’s main event—Gerhardt leading his stable of talented musicians through the piece he claims “literally saved my life”: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. As the four-movement piece grows slowly into a rollicking sonata, it becomes more lively and dancerly until the final movement erupts in a Dionysian frenzy. The Allegretto movement was encored during its first performance in 1813, and has since appeared in a variety of films and commercials.
Some proceeds from the concert will benefit the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s educational outreach programs, which include performances for 24,000 area children from pre-school to secondary school, music lessons for students of all ages, and a Canton Youth Symphony for advanced students. Treat up to four music-lovers to a masterwork that critics have hailed 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.”
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 10, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Valid for 10/10/10 concert only. Tickets are first-come, first-served for section purchased only. Must pick up ticket at least 15 minutes prior to performance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.