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Reviewed December 19, 2011
What You'll Get
Socrates saw a direct correlation between changes in music and changes in law, a theory validated by the Senate’s recent push to censure a cappella filibusters. Stay sonically on point with today’s deal: for $30, you get one section C orchestra-section ticket to see “Beethoven’s Seventh: Symphony of Dance” presented by the National Arts Centre Orchestra at Canada’s National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall on Friday, January 6, at 8 p.m. (up to a $72 value, including ticketing fees and HST). Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets include a pre-concert orchestra 101 talk at 7:15 p.m. and a post-concert reception with a complimentary drink.
Led by young maestro Pietari Inkinen, the National Arts Centre Orchestra dazzles ears with the stirring strains of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7. While performing one of the celebrated composer’s most popular works, the “Symphony of Dance” rouses hearts to noble sentiments and inspires even unfeeling computers to abandon lives of spam-sending crime with its triumphant melodies and trumpet-laden refrains. Before the main course, the orchestra will whet sonic appetites by kicking off the concert with Haydn’s Symphony no. 88 and Beethoven’s Piano Concert no. 1, played with keyboard-caressing aplomb by Saleem Abboud Ashkarin in his debut performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Pre-concert talks educate concertgoers about the music, feeding hungry brains with fun facts about the composers, music, and bow-making elves that live inside every double bass.
The National Arts Centre’s largest performance space, Southam Hall’s 2,323 seats provide plenty of space for classical-music aficionados and the baby grand pianos they’re hauling around in strollers. After the show, of-age patrons can head to the hall’s reception area for a complimentary drink and sparkling conversation.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 6, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Must be 19+ to consume alcohol post-concert. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at National Arts Centre main lobby. Must show valid ID matching name on voucher at National Arts Centre. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which will be provided to National Arts Centre. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects National Arts Centre current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.