Although often accused of being too cerebral, classical music can also be fun and playful, as evidenced by Mozart’s comic opera The Marriage of Figaro and Bach’s bestselling box set of prank calls. Get tickled by piccolos with this GrouponLive deal to see Masterworks 8: McGegan Returns, presented by conductor Nicholas McGegan and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, at the Southern Theatre. For $23, you get one ticket for orchestra level seating (up to a $78.80 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). Choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m.<p>
Making his triumphant return to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, renowned Baroque conductor and 18th-century authority Nicholas McGegan casts spells of euphoria over onlookers with his award-winning sonic recipes. On March 3 and 4, CSO soloists band together under his baton to majestically weave Bach’s Sinfonia Concertante in C Major for Flute, Oboe, Violin, and Cello, sprinkling the Southern Theatre’s jeweled arches with cheerful, romantic notes. The evening continues with the regal trumpet crescendoes of Chaconne from Mozart’s seminal opera Idomeneo, before concluding with Haydn’s Symphony no. 103 in E-flat Major, nicknamed “The Drumroll” due to the stunning conclusion in which a timpani wins a beauty pageant. WOSU’s Christopher Purdy shares his classical-music expertise with hungry minds in a preconcert talk that begins one hour prior to each performance. Afterwards, each patron heads to one of the Southern Theatre’s 925 plush seats. The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the Southern has endured since 1896 due to loving restoration and insulating layers of vitamin C.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshellesque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound into the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists figured out that nobody needed to worry about that stuff.