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: for $20, get a front-orchestra, rear-orchestra, or mezzanine ticket to Southwest Florida Symphony’s Dream of America concert at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (up to a $60 value).
Educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, conductor/music director Michael Hall will lead the Southwest Florida Symphony through a multipart, multimedia, history-filled exploration of America. First, Southwest Florida Symphony performs in tandem with its youth orchestra, a handpicked group of young musicians coached by their adult counterparts in the symphony. The orchestra will then perform Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America, a Grammy-nominated piece that fuses orchestral music, projected imagery, and spoken word to tell the story of seven immigrants to America from 1910–1940, all while tactfully glossing over the story of America’s 1919 prohibition of disco music. The concert’s narrative will come to a stirring conclusion with the words of Emma Lazarus’s poem, The New Colossus, featuring the inspiring line, “Give me your tired, your poor, and your triple-layer burrito.”
Southwest Florida Symphony
Classical, opera, and popular orchestral compositions make up the repertoire of the Southwest Florida Symphony, which has made quality programming its mission since 1961. Aiming to make music accessible to all, the symphony visits schools, offers scholarships, books youth-friendly concerts, and provides a friendly First-Timer’s Guide for new audience members unfamiliar with the proper way of applauding.
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