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What You'll Get

The Deal

  • One ticket to IMAGINATION, presented by Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
  • When: Thursday, February 26, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Zellerbach Hall
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

Seating Options

  • $10 for balcony seating (up to $18 value)
  • $18 for front-orchestra seating (up to $31 value)
  • $30 for side-orchestra seating (up to $51 value)
  • $30 for side-mezzanine or tier seating (up to $51 value)
  • Click here to view the seating chart

The Program

The BSO’s IMAGINATION, an evening of music that can set the mind soaring, includes a world-premiere arrangement from American composer Jake Heggie (Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking). His orchestral version of Camille Claudel: Into the Fire is given additional luster thanks to the talents of Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. 

  • Ravel—Mother Goose Suite: Originally composed for duo piano, Mother Goose was written for Mimi and Jean Godebski, ages 6 and 7. Throughout the work, Ravel draws on the tales of Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, and Beauty and the Beast to entertain his young audience.
  • Heggie—Camille Claudel: Into the Fire: This piece debuted as a song cycle for a mezzo-soprano and string quartet, but the orchestral arrangement scales up the already rich sound by including way more than four instruments. Sometimes bursting with passion, sometimes whispering with pain, the music traces the turbulent life of the real-life lover of Rodin and brilliant, under-appreciated artist.
  • Brahms—Symphony No. 4 in E minor: The composer’s final symphony prompted strong reactions when it premiered—celebrated critic Eduard Hanslick is said to have burst out mid-performance that the music made him feel as though he was “given a beating by two incredibly intelligent people.” The exuberant third movement, however, proved so popular that audiences often demanded it be played again immediately.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Feb 27, 2015. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 2/26 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on voucher at Zellerbach Hall. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Berkeley Symphony Orchestra's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 90 minutes before showtime. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Berkeley Symphony

  • 1969: British maestro Adrian Boult's protégé Thomas Rarick debuts the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra—which, in true '60s spirit, performs wearing casual clothes in unconventional settings while being conducted entirely by good vibes.
  • 1978: Kent Nagano takes the reins as music director, heralding such changes as programming focusing on rarely heard 20th-century scores, a switch to formal attire, and a name change.
  • 1984: The orchestra joins forces with Frank Zappa for a critically acclaimed concert featuring elaborate stage sets and life-size puppets.
  • 2003: The orchestra gets a comfortable pullout sofa and therefore its first composer-in-residence: Naomi Sekiya, whose Sinfonia delle Ombre for two guitars and orchestra debuts later that year.
  • 2009: Joana Carneiro becomes the third music director in the orchestra's 40-year history, forging relationships with prominent Bay Area composers such as John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Paul Dresher.

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