An afternoon at the symphony not only provides a lasting memory of refined musical prowess; it also keeps patrons from resorting to the boring routine of watching the TV boil. Mix up the routine with this GrouponLive deal to see "An ACB Preview Concert" by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony at Cary Hall in Lexington on Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. For $18, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $36 value). Children aged 5–18 are regularly admitted for $6.
Music director Lewis Buckley headed the U.S. Coast Guard band and conducted several prominent New England symphonies before landing at the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, which has been tickling eardrums with woodwind, brass, and percussion concerts since 1971. "An ACB Preview" celebrates the 75-member symphony's invitation to play at the 2012 annual conference of the Association of Concert Bands with a sampling of the program they'll perform for a national audience. The concert kicks off with Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, which recasts six English folk songs as lush, wind-powered melodies free of interrupting Robin Hoods. Principal oboist Elana Lorance takes charge in James Kessler's Hudson River Rhapsody and a new transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris ends the evening with Gallic-via-Broadway aplomb. Starting at 1:30 p.m., a preconcert talk by maestro Buckley unveils some of the music's hidden features and lets uncertain ears nuzzle the score.
The colonial-style Cary Hall ensconces guests in 18th-century elegance despite being built in 1928, with graceful Corinthian pilasters, authentic hardwood floors, and arched windows. Known for its excellent acoustics, the hall eschews the need for microphones or trained parrots to send sound to the back rows.
Though the Metropolitan Wind Symphony offers discounted tickets for students and seniors, today's Groupon offers the best deal available for all adult customers.