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 a concert by the Battle Creek Symphony at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. For $34, you get two tickets for seating in Balcony Zone 2 (up to a $74 value, including fees). All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Choose from the following concerts:
- "A Prairie Home Tribute" on Saturday, October 6
The 13-movement suite Strings and Threads by contemporary musician and composer Mark O'Connor opens Battle Creek Symphony’s Americana-themed “A Prairie Home Tribute.” Teenage violinist Rosie Weiss, whose music was praised by the Billings Gazette for being “so precise, it's like she's already a pro," flaunts her fiddling skills throughout O’Connor’s dynamic piece, which traces the breadth of American-grown violin music. Transitioning from fast-paced Irish jigs to jaunty swings to lonesome, hill-country ballads, Strings and Threads shifts tones more effortlessly than a chameleon in a crayon factory.
Afterward, the orchestra performs a rendition of a Leonard Bernstein suite written for the classic Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront. The emotional piece symbolizes the tortured conscience of the movie’s main character with driving timpanis kept off balance by the uneasy interjections of strings. The evening finishes with radio personality Garrison Keillor's The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra, which meanders through the sounds of each symphonic section as a voiceover explains their personalities with Keillor's trademark mix of sincere warmth and satiric irony.
- "A Night With the Royals" on Saturday, February 23
For "A Night With the Royals," the orchestra teams up with affiliated choral ensembles Ars Voce and the Battle Creek Boychoir to perform a selection of music from the recent British royal wedding. The concert closes with Beethoven's Symphony no. 7, whose towering second movement was so popular at its 1813 Leipzig premiere that it had to be repeated in the middle of the symphony to quiet the applause. Starting off with a funeral-like march from the strings, the movement unspools into a melancholy dance begun by the cellos, building to a sweeping, full orchestra crescendo.
- "A Tour of Russia" on Saturday, May 4
A series of Slavic tunes serve as the focal point of “A Tour of Russia,” which culminates in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4. One of the composer's most audacious works, the piece's sprawling first movement begins with a series of thunderous horn fanfares before woodwinds lead the string section into a tottering melody that becomes the theme. Eschewing traditional symphonic development, the work creates an increasingly frenzied collage of orchestrated sound with its riotously contrasting parts and a seldom-played solo by the wild wolverine section.