Classical recordings can be outstanding, but sonic transcendence can only be achieved through a live orchestral performance, replete with soaring crescendos, F-16 flyovers, and a jumbotron with instant replay. Feast your ears on fresh-played music with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a ticket to a Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performance (a $45 value). Choose from the following dates and shows:
- One ticket in the B section for the performance on Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m., featuring pianist Matti Raekallio at the George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax
- One ticket in the B section for the performance on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m., featuring featuring Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at the George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax
- One ticket in the Orchestra Center section or in Boxes 1–9 for the performance on Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m., featuring Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas
Helmed by charismatic conductor Christopher Zimmerman and recently praised by the Washington Post, the highly acclaimed Fairfax Symphony Orchestra caps off the second half of its season with a trio of concerts celebrating the works of Beethoven and Mahler. On March 19, the orchestra will dance its bows to the tune of Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra and Sibelius's Symphony No. 5, a pair of stylistically disparate, early-20th-century compositions. Between orchestral sets, eminent Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio will whisk concertgoers through Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, commonly known as the "Emperor Concerto," a homage to the German composer's oboe-playing pet Emperor penguin. On May 14 and 15, the Fairfax Choral Society and the Reston Chorale along with soprano Jeanine Thames and mezzo-soprano Janine Hawley will unleash their dazzling pipes on Mahler's exultant Symphony No. 2. Patrons who arrive one hour early to the Saturday performances will be treated to complimentary preconcert lectures about the night's upcoming melodies.