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 “The Matrix Live”, performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony at DeVos Performance Hall on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Matrix, which will be shown during the performance, is rated R for violence and brief language and may not be suitable for all ages. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $26, you get one ticket for seating in the mid-mezzanine or side orchestra sections (up to a $58.50 value, including all fees).
- For $33, you get one ticket for seating in the front mezzanine or back orchestra section (up to a $73.50 value, including all fees).
Joined by guest conductor Don Davis, the composer of all three Matrix movies, the Grand Rapids Symphony chooses the red pill of live music as they soundtrack the full-length first film of the trilogy. In the opening, unprepared pawns of the machines fall before a leather-clad beauty on a high-definition screen behind the orchestra as it backflips through the uneasy melody and throbbing, techno-like beats of “Trinity Infinity.” Later in Act I, Neo must come to terms with a hard-to-grasp reality as the Community Chorus vocalizes the tenuous strains of “Welcome to the Real World,” and has his world upended yet again when reality bends with the silver of a spoon in “Spoon Boy Sermon.” From confusion comes clarity, and audiences join in Neo’s journey out of the machine’s artificial world and back in before the victorious brass of “Anything Is Possible” signals the time to take wing, even if it’s just by hang-gliding home after the show. This concert is the latest installment in the orchestra’s SymphonicBoom series, which spotlights the contemporary sounds of movie blockbusters and international pop stars.
DeVos Performance Hall
Renamed DeVos Performance Hall more than a decade ago, the venerable, long-standing venue has hosted appearances by musicians, comedians, and even presidents. Its electric marquee runs a flashy ring around the glass-enclosed lobby, heralding its schedule of high-profile performers. Inside the auditorium, three tiers of seating give even packed audiences a clear view of the stage, and geometric panels direct sound waves and accidentally flung drumsticks into ears.