Classical concerts are meticulously coordinated events, with dedicated technicians ensuring that each instrument is tuned and that each baby knows when it’s time to crawl onstage. Attend a seamless show with this GrouponLive deal to see The Washington Chorus perform the “Essential Wagner” at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Sunday, May 20, at 5 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $32, you get one ticket for box-tier seating (a $65 value)
- For $27, you get one ticket for premium-orchestra seating (a $55 value)
- For $22, you get one ticket for prime-orchestra seating (a $45 value)<p>
Richard Wagner’s music draws inspiration from a life spent passionately pursuing what came to be known as Gesamtkunstwerk, or a “total work of art.” In the course of this pursuit, Wagner clashed with his musical contemporaries. At one point, he fled Germany as a political exile, and often he dodged his debts or spurned financial backers––once after amorously pursuing the money-man’s wife. Yet most importantly, he saturated the popular landscape, even today’s, with rousing compositions that inject fervor into everything from battle scenes to animated cartoons to daydreams about mowing the lawn with a saber.
Under Julian Wachner’s musical direction, The Washington Chorus captures the pugnacious passion of Wagner’s essence during a journey through six of his works. The concert opens with the third act of The Flying Dutchman, during which the chorus slowly builds a stormy crescendo before the concert hall’s robust 4,144-pipe organ. In Tristan and Isolde Act III, Sc. 3, soprano Othalie Graham and baritone Brent Stater capture the melancholy of the legendary lovers, whose tale influenced other famous romances such as Lancelot and Guinevere or Snoopy and Woodstock. During the unmistakable “Ride of the Valkyries,” the symphony unites as an ensemble behind the vigorous cadence kept by the trumpeting horns.
Between two 60-minute programs, an intermission gives concertgoers pause to let Wagner’s melodies sink in and The Kennedy Center Concert Hall’s sights delight. Seven Hadelands crystal chandeliers dangle from the ceiling, casting a glow over the deep-set hardwood stage and high-tech acoustic canopy that allows audiences to relish every note and ensure the tuba player wasn’t replaced by a conniving gramophone.
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