American Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

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Within the iconic Carnegie Hall, the ASO delves into Strauss’s private life via music and story; a conductor Q&A starts the show

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Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2014. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem 10/15 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Carnegie Hall. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects American Symphony Orchestra's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; conductor's note Q&A starts at 7 p.m. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Venue assigns seat location. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $16 for one ticket to see the American Symphony Orchestra concert Marriage Actually (up to $32.25 value)
  • When: Wednesday, October 15, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
  • Seating: parquet section
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m. A conductor Q&A begins at 7 p.m.
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Marriage Actually

The marriage and family life of Richard Strauss take center stage in this program comprised entirely of the composer’s works—especially those shaped by events offstage. Before raising his baton, Maestro Leon Botstein will dig into the stories behind the music in a Conductor’s Notes Q&A.

  • Strauss—Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo: This opera follows a composer’s wife, who, upon opening her husband’s mail, discovers a passionate love letter from a fan. The arc of the unfolding crisis can be felt in the orchestration.
  • Strauss—Parergon on Symphonia Domestica: Strauss’s supplement to his Symphonia Domestica—which elaborates further on the “child” theme (specifically touching on the illness of his son)—was written for Paul Wittgenstein, a celebrated pianist who learned to play one-handed after losing his right arm in Word War I.
  • Strauss—Symphonia Domestica: The complexities of family life, from the simplicity of a lullaby to the turbulence of an argument to the frustration of an empty milk jug in the refrigerator, weave together in this massive symphonic work that Strauss first premiered at Carnegie Hall 110 years ago.

American Symphony Orchestra

For more than half a century the American Symphony Orchestra has hewn to founder Leopold Stokowski’s original vision: “to offer concerts of great music within the means of everyone.” That means its shows aren’t just financially affordable, they’re also demystified by conductor lectures and never held inside biodomes. In recent years, the organization has added a new facet to its time-tested strategy: curated concerts built around a theme. Shows might explore a particular place and time, examine a literary motif, or delve into the interaction between music and visual art. This strategy has attracted a lot of attention, and not just from audiences: such greats as Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voigt, Sarah Chang, and Carnegie Hall’s mask-wearing Phantoms of the Barbershop Quartet have all vied to play with the Orchestra.

American Symphony Orchestra

For more than half a century the American Symphony Orchestra has hewn to founder Leopold Stokowski's original vision: "to offer concerts of great music within the means of everyone." That means its shows aren't just financially affordable, they're also demystified by conductor lectures and never held inside biodomes. In recent years, the organization has added a new facet to its time-tested strategy: curated concerts built around a theme. Shows might explore a particular place and time, examine a literary motif, or delve into the interaction between music and visual art. This strategy has attracted a lot of attention, and not just from audiences: such greats as Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voigt, Sarah Chang, and Carnegie Hall's mask-wearing Phantoms of the Barbershop Quartet have all vied to play with the Orchestra.


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