Classical music boosts listeners’ brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal to see the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras at Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall on Sunday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get two tickets for seating on the main floor or in the upper balcony (a $40 value).
- For $39, you get two tickets for lower-balcony-center seating (an $80 value).<p>
Main floor and upper-balcony seating is general admission; lower-balcony-center seating is reserved, and will be assigned when you bring your Groupon to the box office.
Continuing its 65th season, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras showcase the rising talents of 130 Chicago students during an event that draws on classic and modern compositions. Performers begin the evening with a rendition of Bedřich Smetana’s The Moldau from Má vlast, which opens with a rapidly rising and falling flute, progressively joined by an army of woodwinds until the piece snowballs into a soaring, stately melody capable of exciting hearts and voice-activated pacemakers. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 in E Minor begins with a melancholy clarinet leading the melody into a forest of instruments, which at times erupt both playfully and majestically.
The night also sees world premieres of two new pieces. Jonathan Newman’s Blow It Up, Start Again is a meter-defying ride whose independently moving parts converge to create powerful moments and summon Captain Planet. Then, Joel Puckett’s Concerto Duo for Flute, Clarinet, and Orchestra boasts the talents of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras alumni Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, and Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.