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 an Edmonton Symphony Orchestra concert with rising opera star Elliot Madore at the Winspear Centre. For $22, you get one ticket for seating in the choir loft on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $50 value, including all ticketing fees).
Having yet to reach age 25, Elliot Madore and his strapping baritone voice have already won awards and critical acclaim on some of opera's biggest stages. At New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2010, Madore's sterling pipes shone brighter and with more gusto than 1,500 other competitors as he claimed victory in the famed opera house's 2010 National Council Auditions. After his concert at Carnegie Hall earlier this year, the New York Times described the Toronto native as possessing the "instincts and training of an exceptional recitalist." His undeniable vocal talents will collide with the sonic outbursts of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra come May 29, when the singer will delve into arias and songs from Mozart's Don Giovanni, the German opera Die tote Stadt, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. With ESO music director William Eddins laying into his piano keys, Madore's resounding bellows will also shake the change out of audiences' pockets as he breaks into a recital of music by composers such as Ravel, Poulenc, and de Falla.
For more than 60 years, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has transported listeners into states of auditory delight with programs that showcase the works of symphonic masters. Their melodies and symphonic harmonies soar through the Winspear Centre, which offers the perfect space for them to spread their wings, with carefully calibrated acoustics that dampen interfering noise with a two-inch isolation joint and one shushing librarian between each of the centre's wings.