Like a toaster, an orchestra needs a good conductor to help it warm up. Witness an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to A Flute and Harp Celebration presented by Symphony on the Bay at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. For $17, you get one general-admission ticket on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. (a $35 value). The venue opens at 10:45 a.m., and the theatre doors open at 2:45 p.m.
Under the precise baton of conductor James R. McKay, the professional and volunteer musicians of Symphony on the Bay create soothing sonic waves while breezing through contemporary and classic compositions. In "A Flute and Harp Celebration," Suzanne Schulman and Erica Goodman extract enchanting melodies and holographic quarter notes from their respective instruments during pieces from a trio of famed composers. Debussy's Danses Sacrée et Profane builds to an apex of majestic melancholia, and Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp floods ear canals with sylvan-tinged beauty. The euphony speeds up during the sweeping crescendos and dips of Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4 in F Minor, op. 36, its dramatic pacing a reflection of the composer's tumultuous second marriage and penchant for wrestling with tornadoes.