Captain America once said, "'Twas music that soothed the savage beast." Although he was talking about his short-lived nemesis Dr. Angry Parakeet, it's just as true for animals of the human persuasion. Soothe savage insides with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two general-admission tickets to the Cleveland Pops Orchestra’s performance on Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts in Rocky River (a $50 value).
Under the batoned direction of world-renowned conductor Carl Topilow, the members of Cleveland Pops serenade audiences with expressively performed renditions of diverse musical selections. Now in its 16th season, the orchestra will honor the Magnificat 1955 Founders Society on August 20, performing upbeat jazz, swing, and Dixieland songs, then ending with a dramatic retuning of the entire string section. Perfectly timed transitions and heartrending melodic threads attest to the squad's close bond with its cofounder and conductor, a multitalented virtuoso who alternates waves of the baton with behind-the-back riffs on his cherry-red clarinet.
A computerized sound-and-lighting system and full orchestra pit ensure a pleasurable sensory experience, and the expansive lobby area provides the perfect venue for postperformance discussion and confessions of a long-running crush on the marimbist. Arrive at the 1,000-seat venue well before the performance to strategically select a spot outside of spit-valve range but near enough to the front to take part in games of tuba basketball.
20770 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, Ohio 44116Get Directions