Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in person, not even watching it on high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with this GrouponLive deal to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, as they present Cameron Carpenter at The Palladium. For $21, you get one ticket for seating in the orchestra section, rows F–Z, on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. (a $42.50 value).
The Los Angeles Times labeled Cameron Carpenter a "wild man." CBS Sunday Morning dubbed him a "bad boy." Rarely do these terms fly anywhere near a pipe organist, but Cameron Carpenter is hardly an average musician. The New York Times mused that he "defies tradition with his interpretations and personality." As he performs, he wears a glittering white shirt and sequined shoes and turns the pipe organ into a sonorous piece of exercise equipment, moving with his music and performing pull-ups on the tallest pipes.
On April 14, this virtuoso plays the ornately domed hall of The Palladium alongside the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. Conductor David Bowden will lead Carpenter and the orchestra's musicians through a program of Poulenc and Irving Berlin. In addition, Rossini and Elgar will also be performed by the orchestra.
In Rossini's Overture to La Scala di Seta, sprightly woodwinds flutter before curt violins playfully interrupt, a dialogue that continues until flooded by the full symphony. During Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani in G minor, "dangers always lurk in the shadows," as observed by famed program annotator James M. Keller. Poulenc composed the piece in 1938, as he and his French countrymen watched the specter of World War II rise just over their borders. Before the concert at 6:45 p.m., the Music Matters series invites guests for a conversation with Bowden and Carpenter, prompting inquiries about the composers and their music.