What You'll Get
Flee from your neighbor's nightly cat symphony and let your ears drink in real, non-feline powered entertainment. Today's Groupon gives you access to a Detroit cultural institution: you get a ticket to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance of Schubert's Symphony no. 8 and Bruckner's Symphony no. 7, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington. Choose from the following seating and performance-date options at Orchestra Hall:
- $18 for Friday, May 28, at 8 p.m. in mid-balcony seats (a $36 value)
- $25 for Friday, May 28, at 8 p.m. in main-floor B seats (a $53 value)
- $18 for Saturday, May 29, at 8:30 p.m. in mid-balcony seats (a $36 value)
- $25 for Saturday, May 29, at 8:30 p.m. in main-floor B seats (a $53 value)
Change out of your workweek ball-gown and slip into your weekend best for an elegant evening in the restored 1919 jewel-box music hall. The performance begins with Franz Schubert's Symphony no. 8, also called the Unfinished Symphony, a two-movement 1822 masterpiece begun by the then-25-year-old composer and left still unfinished upon his death six years later. The mighty musical score combines catchy classical melodies with sweeping pre-romantic moments and remains a favorite for classical-music aficionados and dilettantes alike. The concert also includes a performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony no. 7, the Austrian artist's most popular piece, written in the early 1880s and graced with a mournful adagio that climaxes with a cymbal crash to honor the composer's then-dying friend and contemporary, Richard Wagner.
The orchestra will be led down the musical trail to the 19th century by esteemed visiting conductor Sir Roger Norrington, the current principal conductor for the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany and a former music director for the Kent Opera in Ashford, England. Journey downtown for a night of musical inspiration sure to evoke memories of teenaged summers spent sawing away at your viola at chamber string camp.
Yelpers give the prestigious Detroit Symphony Orchestra a nearly perfect 4.5 stars:
- I have never had a less than wonderful experience at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra...there's no such thing as a bad seat in the house and music hall is a wonder to behold as it is. – Alanna S.
- Detroit has a first class Symphony in a place few could believe without seeing for themselves. The building is brand new and gorgeous inside and out. – Deven C.
- It really felt like the orchestra was playing to the audience and the audience was just soaking in the emotion from their home-town gem. – Steve S.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Valid only for date of performance purchased. Not valid for exchange. Not valid for resale. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The nation's fourth-oldest orchestra, the DSO has been filling Detroit's music halls with top-notch euphony since 1887. By the 1920s, the orchestra came into its own, entering a golden age that saw them hosting such legends as Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. After financial difficulties put the outfit's hall in jeopardy, a multi-decade fund-raising effort led to their triumphant return home in 1989. Today, the orchestra remains one of the most recorded symphonies in the country, bringing the classical canon to millions of listeners and giving orchestra members something to blast at family gatherings when their siblings start talking about their jobs.