Classical musicians were the rock stars of their day, much like the rock stars of today are the notaries public of tomorrow. Stamp your senses with the finely crafted tunes of today’s GrouponLive deal: for $26, you get one reserved ticket to see one concert at the Beethoven Festival, performed by the San Antonio Symphony at the historic Majestic Theatre (up to a $69.75 value). Reserved seating is located in the orchestra and mezzanine sections and is assigned on a best-available basis. Tickets for students and children are regularly $6.25 before fees. Choose from the following performances:
- Symphonies nos. 1 and 3 on Friday, January 13, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 1 and 3 on Saturday, January 14, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 2, 4, and 5 on Friday, January 20, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 2, 4, and 5 on Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 6 and 7 on Friday, January 27, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 6 and 7 on Saturday, January 28, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 8 and 9 on Friday, February 10, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 8 and 9 on Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m.
- Symphonies nos. 8 and 9 on Sunday, February 12, at 7 p.m.<p>
The San Antonio Symphony honors the brilliance, bombast, and beauty of one of music’s most celebrated and profound composers at the 2012 Beethoven Festival, where the gifted orchestra brings all nine of the titular genius’s famous symphonies to life. The festival kicks off on January 13 as music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing steers the orchestra through Beethoven’s early, pre-Yoko period with Symphonies nos. 1 and 3. Euphony continues with Symphonies nos. 2, 4, and perhaps the most famous of Ludwig van’s works, Symphony no. 5, characterized by a distinctive four-note motif. Symphony no. 6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, and Symphony no. 7, containing the catchy Allegretto movement, represent Beethoven’s middle period, when he traded in his station wagon for a convertible pony. The festival concludes with the short and sweet Symphony no. 8, followed by the ethereal Ode to Joy, Symphony no. 9. The historic and scenic Majestic Theatre provides visual accompaniment to the music with a Mediterranean-style cityscape framing the proscenium and a ceiling that swirls with projections of clouds, allowing audience members to release parakeets into the wild during the show.
San Antonio Symphony
Although symphonic concerts could be heard in San Antonio all the way back in the 1880s, the formation of the San Antonio Symphony—the city's first formal orchestra—didn't happen until 1939. It was then that Max Reiter, a native of Italy, was forced from his career and home by a freshly established anti-Semitic policy. Reiter boarded a ship for New York, found the city teeming with exiled musicians like himself, and therefore purchased a train ticket to the South. There, San Antonio's leaders invited Reiter to conduct a demonstration concert for a crowd of 2,500. The success of that initial impression led to the formal founding of the Symphony and an inaugural concert just five months later. Today, Sebastian Lang-Lessing stands where Reiter once stood, leading a full ensemble of 75 musicians with a baton hand honed across the globe.