Music is the soundtrack to our lives—from the ballad you slow-danced to at senior prom to the ballad you slowly walked home alone to. Remember the good times with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to see Greensboro Symphony Orchestra Masterworks: “Invitation to the Dance”
- When: Thursday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m., or Saturday, October 5, at 8 p.m.
- Where: War Memorial Auditorium at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $15 for yellow section (up to a $36.40 value)
- $17 for red section (up to a $40.50 value)
- $21 for blue section (up to a $49 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
The latest entry in the Greensboro Symphony’s Masterworks series, “Invitation to the Dance” sees world-renowned conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky lead the orchestra’s bows and keys through some of the world’s finest dance-themed compositions. Members of the Greensboro Ballet will accompany several pieces throughout the evening, giving an extra dimension to the music’s power and rhythm. Before each performance, audiences can learn more about the pieces being performed by attending one of the GSO’s “Prelude” events, and Thursday’s performance precedes a Meet The Artists event and Q&A.<p>
- Von Weber, orchestrated by Berlioz—Invitation to the Dance: What begins as a soothing, fluid conversation between strings and wind gives way to a sprightly, fully orchestrated trip up and down the scales.
- Berlioz—Hungarian March: Based on a song composed for a Hungarian military leader at the heart of Hungary’s quest for independence from Austria, this march from The Damnation of Faust hears the grandeur of full-throated brass instruments and crashing cymbals.
- Saint-Säens—Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah: The Greensboro Ballet interprets the savage dance of the priests of Dagon as they prepare a sacrifice to celebrate victory over Samson.
- Khachaturian—Waltz from Masquerade and Sabre Dance from Gayane: Two pieces by the celebrated Armenian composer deftly fuse the traditions of ballet and folklore without supergluing fairytales to the ballerinas’ tutus.
- Borodin—Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor: An epic opera tells of a conflicted hero in the 12th century, set against the backdrop of the founding of the Russian nation.
- Bernstein—Symphonic Dances from West Side Story: Bernstein re-imagines his iconic theatrical score, rich with influences as diverse as jazz, classic showtunes, and the mambo, for symphonic orchestras.
- Ravel—La Valse: The composer describes the piece’s tone in the score’s preface, writing “Drifting clouds give glimpses, through rifts, of couples waltzing. The clouds gradually scatter…. The light of chandeliers bursts forth. An imperial court about 1885.” <p>
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
The Greensboro Symphony’s mighty oak has grown from the most acornic of beginnings—its story started in the 1920s with a group of musicians at Woman's College. Over the years, the symphony has grown into a cultural cornerstone of the community, with community-outreach programs, youth-involvement events, a secret volcano headquarters, and an endowment fund.