Before John Philip Sousa invented jazz, most American music consisted of nothing more than the rhythmic beating of apple-pie crusts with baseball bats. Celebrate the evolution of American melodies with today's Groupon, which gets you one ticket to one of the United Sounds of America concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Choose from the following options:
• For $10, you get a floor seat to United Sounds of America: Detroit with Marshall Crenshaw on Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m. (up to a $35 value).
• For $15, you get a balcony ticket to United Sounds of America: Detroit with Marshall Crenshaw on Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m. (up to a $55 value).
• For $10, you get a floor seat to United Sounds of America: Austin with Alejandro Escovedo on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. (up to a $35 value).
• For $15, you get a balcony ticket to United Sounds of America: Austin with Alejandro Escovedo on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. (up to a $55 value).
Ticket values depend on row and seat placement. Tickets will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis upon pickup from Will Call, so arrive early in order to receive the best possible value.
The United Sounds of America concert series rounds up world-renowned music directors to lead collaborative concerts covering diverse American genres. On Friday, June 17, Marshall Crenshaw oversees a melodic mosaic of Detroit's native jazz, rock, and R & B styles. Special guests, including soul singer Bettye LaVette and Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs, baste eardrums in note after note of authentic Detroit tunery, long used by Motor City residents to capture and tame feral packs of compact sedans. On Saturday, June 18, Alejandro Escovedo brings the sonic styles of Austin, integrating more than 100 years of Tejano music, rock, and more with the help of guests such as Roky Erickson and Rosie Flores. Browse the calendar online to preview the seating sections and get an up-close look at the stately, spacious auditorium.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Beatles have nothing on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Over the course of its nearly 125-year history, the CSO has won 62 Grammy awards, performed the scores of award-winning films (such as Steven Spielberg's Lincoln), embarked on 39 overseas tours, and, just for good measure, added Yo-Yo Ma to its roster of performers. The renowned cellist was appointed the CSO's first Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant in 2010, helping to inspire the Chicago community through new initiatives and advocating for the power of music.
The themes of CSO's 100-some performances a year spring from absurdly creative conductors and virtuosic musicians. In addition to romps through the classical repertoire, audiences might find jazz tributes, films scored live, and the Beyond the Score series, which uses visual projections and even live actors to flesh out the stories behind the compositions on the program.
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