Love is like a heated game of Battleship—the explosive moments of passion are bookended by the occasional sinking feeling. Lose yourself in romance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Renovo String Orchestra. For $50, you get an orchestra-concert package for two (up to a $100 total value) that includes:
- Two general-admission tickets to the “20th Century Progression” concert at Nichols Concert Hall on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $50 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Two general-admission tickets to any future concert through July 1, 2013 (up to a $50 value). <p>
Tickets are normally $10 for students with a valid ID. Concert ticket availability may be limited in the winter of 2012 and 2013.
The 14 virtuosos of the Renovo String Orchestra augment a repertoire of classic compositions with works by emerging artists and deep-rooted community involvement. In their “20th Century Progression” concert, the performers’ unified melodies marry the euphonious voices of Elysian Voices, performing works by Ravel, Stravinsky, Hill, and Corigliano. During Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for Strings, the musicians walk the work’s contemplative line that the composer chalked with neo-Baroque flourishes. The sprightly Fern Hill rises to even loftier heights with the aid of the guest choir. Composer John Corigliano wrote the piece after taking inspiration from the poem written by Dylan Thomas, who penned the verse in 1945 to capture the “young and easy” summers at his family’s farm, which had cable TV and air-conditioned La-Z-Boys.
Nichols Concert Hall contrasts the plush hum with a more austere beauty. Dark wood pews stand at attention in front of a stage flanked by ionic columns and accented by the dusky twilight of spring sprinkling in from high windows.