Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s Groupon to see the Asheville Symphony Orchestra perform in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the Asheville Civic Center on Saturday, October 15, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- $17 for one Area 2 ticket (up to a $34 value)
- $21 for one Area 1 ticket (up to a $42 value)
The Asheville Symphony Orchestra invites classical newcomers and connoisseurs alike to witness the skillful baton work of conductor Daniel Meyer, a six-season Asheville Symphony veteran, as his orchestra performs pieces familiar from listeners' childhood in their October 15 performance. Up to 100 talented orchestra members bend bowstrings masterfully and snap clarinets in half with gusto as they play pieces such as Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, the instantly recognizable inspiration for the walking brooms scene in Disney's Fantasia. Other pieces include Benjamin Britton's "Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell" and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2, in which Asheville concertmaster Jason Posnock skillfully soloes his way through timeless violin melodies.
Listeners can take in the euphonious evening from Area 1 and 2 seats, which may rest either close to the performers in the first-floor orchestra area or on dignified perches in balconies above them. No seats are standing room only, although guests are free to stand for ovations or to cruelly obscure a little brother's view of the woodwind section.
Though Asheville Symphony Orchestra features discounted prices for students, this Groupon still offers the best deal for general audience members.
- The concert was not only musically impressive in every way, so greatly enriched by its vocal and dramatic elements, but was also a resounding affirmation for the healthy state of the arts in our area. – Laura McDowell, CVNC