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.
- $25 for one ticket to a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013 season concert (up to a $55 value)
- Where: Music Hall
- Seating: Orchestra C seating
- Door time: One hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
- “Alpine Majesty” on Friday, April 12, at 11 a.m., or Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.
- “Inextinguishable” on Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m., or Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m.
- “Fanfare for Cincinnati” on Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m., or Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m.<p>
Under the guidance of St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conductor Roberto Abbado, a solo pianist performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.<p>
- Mozart—Piano Concerto No. 24: After an enigmatic opening that alternates between flighty woodwind runs and bold bursts of strings, a solitary piano passionately explores delicate themes.
- Strauss—Alpine Symphony: In this aural interpretation of a climb through the Bavarian Alps, a night of foreboding brass gives way to a triumphant sunrise. Spirits brighten as listeners discover waterfalls and pastures, signified by cowbells and mimicked birdsong.<p>
“Inextinguishable” presents an evening of willful compositions, directed by guest conductor Carlos Kalmar of the Oregon Symphony. Up-and-coming violinist Simone Lamsma lends her expert technique and Stradivarius to Britten’s Violin Concerto.<p>
- Beethoven—Leonore Overture No. 2: Beethoven struggled to produce a satisfactory overture for his first and only opera, eventually producing four such pieces. This second version begins much as the opera does, with a mournful, hopeless air, and ends with an exultation of the title character’s triumph over a corrupt nobleman and rescue of her husband.
- Britten—Violin Concerto: As the central violinist bows through unusual phrases and terse attacks, the ensemble matches her intensity before laying the piece to bed with the gentle protest of a single flute.
- Nielsen—Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable: Composed during the First World War, this symphony draws its name from what Nielsen calls “the elemental will to live.” The composition concludes with an explosive battle between two timpani, exciting audiences with rolling beats and gauntlets thrown in perfect time to the music.<p>
“Fanfare for Cincinnati”
Garrick Ohlsson, a pianist slyly named “at the top of the Liszt” by The Seattle Times, displays the dexterity that made him the first American winner of the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition. Guest conductor Robert Spano of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra oversees the program.<p>
- Jennifer Higdon—All Things Majestic: This contemporary piece, composed by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon, draws its inspiration from the breathtaking landscape of Grand Teton National Park.
- Barber—Piano Concerto: As the soloist lightly trills and pecks over keys like an especially musical chickadee, a wind section provides atmospheric accompaniment.
- Copland—Symphony No. 3: In the first, warm movement of Copland’s final symphonic work, he seems to bid his audience a fond farewell. The fourth movement’s variation on Fanfare for the Common Man, otherwise known as “Steve,” triumphantly closes the season with resounding horn calls.<p>
Silhouetted against the evening sky, Cincinnati’s expansive Music Hall resembles the architectural lovechild of a manor house and a cathedral. The towering red brick walls were originally dedicated in 1878, a history legacy honored in the timeless Springer Auditorium. The space is a study in elegance and function—the three seating tiers provide wide-open sightlines, while the central chandelier casts illumination over velvety seats and politely applauding phantoms.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1895, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra—under the direction of Louis Langrée—has matured into one of the nation's melodic heavyweights. Not only was the ensemble the first American orchestra to tour the world, backed by the US Department of State, it also hit the road stateside, playing Carnegie Hall 47 times since 1917. With such an enormous history, it's no surprise that some of classical music's biggest names are associated with the institution. It has housed famous conductors such as Leopold Stokowski and Max Rudolf, and has premiered the works of Debussy, Mahler, Ravel, and Bartók. It's not only responsible for introducing Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait to audiences, it also commissioned his Fanfare for the Common Man into existence. Attracting only the finest players from Ohio and around the world to its stable of musicians, the orchestra continues its second century as an ambassador of symphonic culture.