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Today's Groupon side deal to Chicago Sinfonietta gets you four concert tickets to Laughter! on Monday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall at the Symphony Center for $50 (a $160 value), plus a one-year membership in Brio, the networking group for culturally adventurous young professionals, gaining you access to exclusive social events, concert ticket discounts, and backstage opportunities (a $50 value). With four seats, this Groupon makes it easier to invite friends without leaving someone out, or to finally introduce your sweetie to the couple that you wish you could be a little more like.
If you equate classical music with blue-haired ladies weeping delicately into monogrammed handkerchiefs, Laughter! will turn your stuffy hankie into a never-ending stream of colorful clown hankies. Just as music can move you to tears, it can move you to chuckles, grins, and mildly uncouth snorts. Guest conductor Michael Morgan delves into playful compositions by Jacques Ibert, Michael Daughtery, Darius Milhaud, and Felix Mendelssohn, exploring the humorous impulse in this gala event. Special guest Lewis Kirk will manipulate the bassoon like a hilarious tube of awesome during Michael Daughtery's Dead Elvis, and you and your favorite three people will be able to soak it up from your section-B seats.
In addition to your concert tickets, your Groupon lets you share the love of music and experience the city's cultural offerings through Brio, a networking community of young professionals. Though Brio memberships usually require a subscription commitment, this exclusive Groupon offer gets you access to Brio's invite-only events (including regular pre-concert social gatherings, and backstage and meet-the-artist opportunities throughout the season) and discounts on any ticket purchases without forking over a paycheck for season tickets.
Note: In order to receive your Brio membership, you must email the address provided on your Groupon.
Chicago Sinfonieta's first concert of the season got rave reviews from The Local Tourist and Time Out Chicago, and the Sinfonietta is featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune:
- One of classical music's biggest hurdles in this day and age is the perception that it's stuffy, inaccessible, and only for an elite group that can afford and/or understand and appreciate it. Enter Chicago Sinfonietta, who not only clears that hurdle, but pole-vaults over it. – RachaelScholten, Local Tourist
- West Meets East was an inspired program, offering a kaleidoscopic range of compositional approaches that set the Sinfonietta up for a strong start to the season. – Mia Clarke, Time Out
- The eclectic programming supports Sinfonietta’s claim to being the most diverse orchestra in the nation. – John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sinfonietta was already markedly different from its counterparts when it played its first notes in 1987. Its founder and conductor Paul Freeman wanted to create a symphony that actually reflected the community in which it existed. The ensemble he formed brought together musicians from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, who interpreted both classical pieces and forgotten compositions from composers of color. His concept proved successful—the symphony toured Europe, played the Kennedy Center twice, and produced 14 albums, all while tunefully demonstrating the universality of music.
Today, Chicago Sinfonietta continues to perform unique programs, and supports music education and professional development opportunities for members of underrepresented communities. Freeman retired from his post at the end of the 2011 season, passing the reins new music director Mei-Ann Chen, but his legacy lives on in the music of performers he helped get started, including classical-music legend Yo-Yo Ma.
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