Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Albany Symphony at the Palace Theatre. For all concerts, seating will be in the center orchestra or front balcony. Doors open one hour before each show. Choose from the following options:
- For $60, you get two tickets to the Classical Mystery Tour Beatles tribute concert on Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $120 value).
Roving Beatles tribute band Classical Mystery Tour teams up with symphonies throughout the country to perform the Fab Four's songs with the soaring orchestral accompaniment they frequently used on their albums. Transcending the limitations of a rock quartet, the group renders such songs as "Hey Jude," “A Hard Day's Night,” and "The Long and Winding Road" with a sweeping symphonic backdrop that led the Los Angeles Times to rave about the show's "high goose-bump quotient" at their very first concert back in 1996.
- For $58, you get two tickets to see "Beethoven's Fifth" on Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. (a $116 value).
Guest conductor Daniel Hege ascends the podium for a night of fresh contemporary works and hallowed classics. The orchestra begins with Joan Tower's Made in America, whose strains riff on "America the Beautiful,” instantly reconstituting any melted rocket pops in earshot. David Shifrin joins the orchestra for Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. Only one of two woodwind players to win the Avery Fisher Prize for outstanding classical soloist since its foundation, Shifrin has also been praised by the New York Times for his "luminous playing" and the “seductive warble” of his instrument. He puts his playful mastery to use, bringing a joyous verve to the clarinet's burbling dance in the concerto’s first movement. The program closes with Beethoven's iconic Symphony no. 5. The monumental piece opens with a striking four-note motif—one of the most recognizable in music—that has been described as "fate knocking on the door" by musicologists and frustrated listeners who were expecting it to call before coming over.
- For $40, you get two tickets to "Magic of Christmas" (an $80 value). Choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, at 3 p.m.
Celebrating the holiday season, the Albany Symphony delves into cheery Christmas songs and wintry tunes. A cadre of young guest performers joins the symphony for the concert, lending their precocious playing and angelic voices to welcome the season.
Wine-colored velvet hangs over the Palace Theatre’s vast proscenium stage, completing a picture of elegance sketched out by the ornate cream walls and balconies. Opened in 1931 as an RKO movie house, the theater has survived the century with much of its original furnishings intact, including the huge brass chandelier, the original murals by Andrew Karoly and Jules Zartol, and the pack of hyenas that provided the prototype laugh track for vaudeville shows.
Though the Albany Symphony sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.