Although 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Upgrade your evening with this GrouponLive deal to see Americana with Time for Three presented by The Lexington Philharmonic at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. For $45, you get two tickets for seating in rows L–R or S–V on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $97 value, including ticketing fees).
Time for Three originally banded together while studying at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute for Music, combining the virtuosic powers of violinists Zach DePue and Nick Kendall with the double bass skills of Ranaan Meyer to present energetic and imaginative takes on modern and classic works. For Americana, the trio joins maestro Scott Terrell and the talented musicians of The Lexington Philharmonic as they bring to life a lineup of works that distills the American spirit into an elixir potent enough to attract passing bald eagles. Written by German-American composer Kurt Weill, the Symphonic Nocturne excerpts the orchestral themes from his musical Lady in the Dark, alternating contemplative strings with jazzy brass and thunderous outbursts of horns to evoke the psychoanalysis of a harried magazine editor. Aaron Copland's classic Suite from Billy the Kid delves into the legend of the western outlaw with frontier-influenced verve before The American Suite—by Time for Three's own Ranaan Meyer—strings together a series of domestic tunes. The program closes with a medley of the American songs Shenandoah and Foxdown.
A preconcert talk by conductor Scott Terrell at 6:45 p.m. educates curious audience members with informative discussion. The talk covers details about the composers, performers, and musical styles, deepening viewers' appreciation for the program and the talented handlers that train the tubas.