Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra perform “A Touch of France” at the Tennessee Theatre. Choose between the following options:
- For $41, you get two tickets for seating in the orchestra 2 section (up to an $89 value, including fees).
- For $57, you get two tickets for seating in the orchestra 1 or balcony 1 section (up to a $123.50 value, including fees).<p>
Choose between the following dates: * Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m. * Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m.<p>
When French composer Claude Debussy was a young man, he was nearly killed at sea by a raging storm. But rather than becoming a hydrophobe, Debussy embraced his brush with death, exclaiming, “Now here’s a type of passionate feeling I have not before experienced—danger! It is not unpleasant. One is alive!” This thrilling aquatic affaire de coeur not only lent the young artist a new lease on life, but it also fed inspiration to one of Debussy’s greatest works, La Mer, translated to The Sea.
This May, Grammy Award–winning maestro Lucas Richman conducts the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra through Debussy’s turbulent, three-movement splash of a symphony as the final piece of a program featuring four French compositions. The evening begins with the acclaimed conductor gleefully interplaying the string and woodwind sections in Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon Overture. The piece flutters with a sprightly, catchy melody that evokes the enchantment of a fairy tale or a visit from a gang of merry, cookie-baking elves. The next number, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, spotlights guest pianist Martina Filjak. Ravel’s cool, jazzy score snaps from the fingers of the Croatian-born virtuoso, whose talent boasts “brilliance, sensitivity, and imagination,” according to the New York Times.
The evening’s French strains carom through the jewel that is the Tennessee Theatre. Built in 1928 with a Spanish-Moorish design, the theater later underwent a $23.5 million renovation in 2005, which restored vibrancy to the venue’s original red-and-gold walls and brilliant blue ceiling. In the Grand Lobby, five original crystal chandeliers sparkle and shimmer, even more so when a glass ape hangs from them.
100 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902