Click above to buy this Groupon for the Sunday, April 18, 2010, performance at 3 p.m. Buy here for the Sunday, April 11, 2010, performance at 7 p.m.
Though largely forgotten by modern audiences, The Beatles and its four members have slowly but surely gained a cult following during the past few years. Today's Groupon helps you understand what all the fuss is about: for $30, you get a ticket to one of two For George & John: Harrison and Lennon Remembered performances by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (a $67 value). Performances are on Sunday, April 11, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. Seating will be in the Orchestra A/Balcony A sections.
For George & John: Harris and Lennon Remembered recasts the music of the late George Harrison and John Lennon in a pops-orchestra style, complete with Rickenbacker bassoons and Epiphone Casino tympanis. The concert will feature Beatles classics and solo hits from the Quiet One and the Smart One as Beatlemania breaks out in the balconies of the historic Music Hall, to the horror of parents everywhere. Mop-topped conductor Steven Reineke will lead the acclaimed Cincinnati Pops Orchestra through the evening's melodic proceedings, with accompaniment from the rock group Jeans 'n Classics. Marking the 70th anniversary of Lennon's birth, these performances are a fascinating introduction for Beatles beginners who don't know the difference between Sgt. Pepper and strawberry fields, and an entertaining new way to hear the Fab Four's hits for fanatics who regularly introduce themselves at parties as "the fifth through seventh Beatle."
Whether you're a taxman looking for something to do while your guitar gently weeps, or a working-class hero who may or may not be a walrus and needs help imagining what to do during a day in the life, today's Groupon is your ticket to ride. All you need is love, and $30.
The New York Times, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Music in Cincinnati are just a few of the publications to have featured the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Here's what critics are saying about its past performances:
- But what playing by the Cincinnati Symphony. With the trumpets and trombones arrayed against the back wall – moved forward, as the orchestra experiments with acoustics in the hall – brass fanfares were dazzling. – Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer
- The concert came to life in the Ricercare No. 2 from Bach’s “Musical Offering,” heard in the quirky, inviting Webern orchestration, in which single lines morph continuously, starting, for example, in the strings, melting into a wind passage and ending up in the brasses. The orchestra moved through these transformations with admirable precision and was equally impressive when asked to create similar effects on the larger and more vividly detailed canvas of Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra. – Allan Kozinn, New York Times
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1895, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra—under the direction of Louis Langrée—has matured into one of the nation's melodic heavyweights. Not only was the ensemble the first American orchestra to tour the world, backed by the US Department of State, it also hit the road stateside, playing Carnegie Hall 47 times since 1917. With such an enormous history, it's no surprise that some of classical music's biggest names are associated with the institution. It has housed famous conductors such as Leopold Stokowski and Max Rudolf, and has premiered the works of Debussy, Mahler, Ravel, and Bartók. It's not only responsible for introducing Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait to audiences, it also commissioned his Fanfare for the Common Man into existence. Attracting only the finest players from Ohio and around the world to its stable of musicians, the orchestra continues its second century as an ambassador of symphonic culture.