Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with today's GrouponLive deal: for $12, you get two general-admission tickets to see to see the Austin Civic Orchestra's classical pops concert at St. Martin's Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $24 value).
Guided by the skillful baton of music director Lois Ferrari, the nationally recognized Austin Civic Orchestra tickles ears with classic and modern works performed by a volunteer, community-based ensemble. The classical pops concert brings listeners such time-tested favorites as Strauss's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra," Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, filling concertgoers' minds with memorable melodies and dreams of being a Looney Tune. Music from Harry Potter leavens proceedings before Southwestern University music professor Eri Lee Lam showcases her skills in Bartok's Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra no. 2, bringing nimble fingers and lightning-fast bowing to the Hungarian-folk-dance-inspired piece. The concert will take place in the capacious St. Martin's Lutheran Church, with high ceilings giving quarter notes plenty of space to resonate and play games of Red Rover before finding their way to ears.