A great symphony is a sum of all its parts, much like a completed jigsaw puzzle or a rotund belly at an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. Take in acoustical fare with this GrouponLive deal to see the South Florida Symphony Orchestra perform with pianist Jeffery Chappell at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall at University of Miami on Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m. All tickets are for seating in section A. Choose from the following options:
- For $32, you get one ticket (a $65 value).
- For $60, you get two tickets (a $130 value).
- For $82, you get a VIP package for one (a $165 value).
- For $159, you get a VIP package for two (a $330 value).<p>
The VIP package includes the following for each person: * A seat in section A (a $65 value each) * A backstage pass to meet soloist Jeffrey Chappell and conductor Sebrina Maria Alfonso (a $100 value) * A symphony CD (included in backstage-pass value)<p>
Acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Chappell joins the South Florida Symphony Orchestra for a performance of classical masterworks by composers Brahms and Dvorak, along with 20th-century pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich and Ellen Zwilich. To begin the evening, Chappell tickles ivories to the tune of Brahms’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat, before maestra Alfonso leads the symphony into a soaring rendition of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which causes index fingers to involuntarily mimic the conductor’s baton. This concert series also marks the orchestra’s premiere of Symphony no. 5, penned by Zwilich, who was the first female composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. The ensemble exercises its symphonic sinews while matching the Juilliard-trained composer’s style, which the New York Times praised as “a mix of neo-Classical craftsmanship, roiling energy and tonal accessibility.”
Before the show, VIP guests head through the theater’s backstage area to meet with Jeffrey Chappell and Sebrina Maria Alfonso, chatting perhaps about Jeffrey’s performances in South America or Sebrina’s stint conducting an underwater concert for 400 divers. All VIP ticket holders leave with a symphony CD that digitally unleashes classical sounds at home to lend an epic milieu to everyday tasks, such as doing the dishes or brushing a pet baboon’s fangs.