Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to see A Motown Christmas Holiday Spectacular at the Akron Civic Theatre. For $23, you get one ticket for reserved front-orchestra seating on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $46 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.
When songwriter Berry Gordy decided to branch out into producing in the late 1950s, he also cultivated his own sound of pop-accented soul music. This seminal music form would soon become synonymous with the name of his second record label, Motown, a nod to Gordy’s motor-centric hometown of Detroit. Today, this influential genre is given new life by veteran crooners Leon Franklin, Charles Franklin, Douglas Gaddy, and Kim Green, the last of whom belted out hits such as “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)” with celebrated Motown band The Contours. Known collectively as The Motown Experience, the foursome wrap their soulful pipes around classic Christmas tunes, enrapturing audiences with their quick-footed choreography and seamless harmonies.
E.J. Thomas Hall
Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.