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 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy…A Red Carpet Affair at Hill Auditorium on Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $14, you get one ticket for seating in section D of the mezzanine or balcony (up to a $28 value).
- For $18, you get one ticket for seating in section C of the mezzanine or balcony (up to a $37 value).
- For $26, you get two tickets for seating in section D of the mezzanine or balcony (up to a $56 value).
- For $34, you get two tickets for seating in section C of the mezzanine or balcony (up to a $74 value).
Students seated in sections A–D are regularly admitted for half off normal rates.
Beethoven was almost completely deaf when he conducted his ninth symphony in May 1824. When the audience tore into thunderous applause, he was perhaps the only person in the theater unsure of his work’s reception. According to the story, a soloist had to turn the composer around so that he could see the rapturous ovation. Since that performance, the symphony and its Ode to Joy have maintained a permanent spot in humanity’s regard, with cultural handholds as diverse as the European Anthem and the Die Hard soundtrack.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra begins its 2012–13 season with this symphony, as well as two other works from Beethoven: the Contra Dances for Orchestra and Ah! Perfido. “This concert highlights three of [Beethoven’s] all-time gems,” stated Music Director and Maestro Arie Lipsky in a press release. Throughout the performance, he will lead the symphony’s musicians as well as four guest vocalists and four choral groups. Among the vocalists is American soprano Laura Aikin, who lends her three-octave range to the soprano aria of the symphony, which is “one of Beethoven’s most emotional,” according to Lipsky in his press release, continuing to say, “it is not often performed because it is so technically difficult.” The symphonic centerpiece of the evening is joined by the dramatic vocals of Ah! Perfido and the complex melodies of the Contra Dances.
Concert-goers are invited to attend a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Conductor Arie Lipsky and guest artists will discuss the evening's repertoire, adding another layer of depth and understanding to that evening's concert.
The distinctive, hemispherical stage of Hill Auditorium saturates more than 3,500 listeners in what the New York Times labels as “superb acoustics.” Designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and built in 1913, the auditorium underwent an 18-month renovation in 2004 to install such modern amenities as air conditioning and automated applause robots.
Though the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
In 1928, four musicians from an Ann Arbor church joined together to play at services. Decades later, after several names and a number of music directors, the orchestra continues strong. Current music director Arie Lipsky leads the group through programs tailored for listeners of all ages. That emphasis on accessibility even extends beyond the orchestra—the orchestra reaches out to the community with a number of school programs that engage and transform music for children.
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109