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: for $37, you get two tickets for general admission to Beaufort Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonic Showcase (a $75 value). Choose between the following performances:
- Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 14, at 3 p.m.
Entering his third decade directing the musicians of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, maestro Fred Devyatkin kicks off the 2012–13 season with a lineup of instantly recognizable works from classical masters. The evening begins with Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro, a staple of film and cartoons that delights with stately strings sparring with a sinuous oboe, as a timpani booms like a head-on collision between two thunderstorms. Haydn’s Symphony no. 45––also known as the Farewell symphony, since orchestra members traditionally leave the stage one by one until a single violinist remains––sends forth bittersweet notes from the dark first movement in F-sharp minor to the tragic yet energetic fourth movement. In a masterpiece of expressionist composition, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 strikes somber chords with its wailing strings and mumbling tuba, before an optimistic cavalry of woodwinds and reeds rescues the piece from melancholy.
Beaufort Symphony Orchestra
Established in 1985, the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra is composed entirely of music lovers and community members who dedicate their Monday nights to art. Under Devyatkin’s able baton, the troupe puts on eight concerts every year, including a season-opening classical show in October, a Christmas concert, a spring pops concert.