The best concerts have lots of pyrotechnics, which is why classical pianists always wear asbestos pants. Insulate yourself from boredom with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Carmina Burana, performed by the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall on Friday, May 18. This concert is part of the symphony’s ACCESS series, which includes a 6 p.m. meet-and-greet over hors d’oeuvres and a postshow Q&A with the artists. Choose from the following seating and donation options:
- For $49, you get one Level 2 ticket (up to a $99.50 value, including all fees).
- For $39, you get one Level 3 ticket (up to a $79.50 value, including all fees).
- For $52, you get one Level 2 ticket and a $5 donation in your name to the Houston Symphony Annual Fund (up to a $104.50 value, including all fees).
- For $42, you get one Level 3 ticket and a $5 donation in your name to the Houston Symphony Annual Fund (up to an $84.50 value, including all fees).<p>
As part of the Houston Symphony’s ACCESS series, audience members get a look inside the beloved Carmina Burana in an educational evening hosted by Miles Hoffman, a music commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition. After a mixer with the musicians over hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, the reporter delivers a lecture on the piece’s meaning, history, and extensive use in dramatic films, the first example being 1936’s Bear Rides Unicycle.
Accompanied by the Houston Symphony Chorus and soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Marc Molomot, and Hugh Russell, the symphony orchestra demonstrates Hoffman’s insights with sternum-buzzing verve. Adapted from a series of 11th–13th century poems, the epic cantata paints a warts-and-all picture of medieval life, documenting love-happy young men, drunken abbots gambling in the tavern, and a literal swan song from an unfortunate bird skewered on the spit. Afterward, the musicians hold a question-and-answer session, allowing them to air their true, unscripted feelings on Zephyrus the West Wind.
The evening begins under the 66-foot ceilings of Jones Hall’s striking tri-terraced lobby. Scarlet carpeting and travertine marble walls escort ears into the theater’s mezzanine level, over which 800 hexagonal ceiling tiles move as they calibrate the sound and sneak out during the last act for a second shift as stop signs.