Although 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Upgrade your evening with this GrouponLive deal to see the Boston Civic Symphony’s “Sunrise, Triumph of Lightness and Winter Dreams” concert at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. For $16, you get one ticket for general admission on Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m. (up to a $38 value). Doors open at 1 p.m.
The Boston Civic Symphony continues its tenure as a cultural touchstone with a pre-winter exploration of light and dark. The concert opens with the clarion call of a French horn, joined by other brass to create the shifting harmonies of Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Helios overture. The 1903 piece melodically charts the course of a sunrise and sunset over the Aegean Sea, from a joyous reverie to a lonesome finale. The symphony continues with a performance of Arlene Zallman’s Quasi una Serenata, followed by the world premiere of Larry Bells’s Triumph of Lightness, featuring decorated solo cellist Sam Ou. The afternoon closes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 1 in G Minor, Winter Dreams, named for both its flowing tones that bring to mind a snow-covered forest and its celebrated solo for a snowman’s corncob pipe.
Though Boston Civic Symphony sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.