Classical musicians were the rock stars of their day, much as the rock stars of today are the notaries public of tomorrow. Stamp your senses with the finely crafted tunes of today’s Groupon to concerts performed by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two Silver tickets to “From Russia With Love”, held at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center in Frankfort on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. (a $55 value). Silver tickets are valid for seats along all sides of the auditorium.
- For $30, you get two Gold tickets to “From Russia With Love” (a $65 value). Gold tickets are valid for areas in the center of the auditorium.
- For $37, you get one Silver ticket to “From Russia With Love,” plus one ticket to each of the two remaining Sunday Series concerts (up to an $85 value).
- For $45, you get one Gold ticket to “From Russia With Love,” plus one ticket to each of the two remaining Sunday Series concerts (up to a $105 value).<p>
The remaining Sunday Series concerts include: * Harris Bank Holiday Concert, held at the Lincoln-Way East Performing Arts Center in Frankfort on Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m. * “No Place Like Home”, held at Ozinga Chapel at Trinity College in Palos Heights on Sunday, February 12, at 3 p.m.<p>
The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s rotating cast of wand wavers coaxes classics from 75 musicians as the organization searches for a new music director among this season’s star conductors. Maestra Rei Hotoda greets returning guests and first-time attendees with “From Russia With Love,” a collection of swooning pieces that includes Stravinsky’s folk ballet Petrushka and Fauré’s Prelude from Penelope, making for an evening as romantic as a valentine painted in borscht.
As the next installment in the Sunday Series, the Harris Bank Holiday Concert sends spirits of all ages soaring on the fully orchestrated wings of holiday tunes. After a greeting by Hubert the Lion, chorus-led sing-alongs inspire crowds to exuberant renditions of “Frosty the Snowman” and its little-sung sequel, “Lukewarm the Puddleman.” Markand Thaker helms “No Place Like Home,” featuring three composers’ odes to their birthplaces. Copland celebrates American bravery on the brink of war with Fanfare for the Common Man, and Rachmaninoff delivers a driving tribute to the music of Russia in his Piano Concerto no. 2. Finally, Dvořák’s Symphony no. 8 lilts with the cheery influences of the composer’s beloved Bohemian folk music and secret obsession with Sesame Street.