Music soothes the savage beast, which is why wild-game hunters always pack a sousaphone in their gear to toot at suspicious bears. Discover musical serenity with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two adult tickets to Magnificent Beethoven performed by the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. The concert will be held at the Abilene Civic Center; before the show, Groupon holders must redeem today's deal for a ticket at the box office.
The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra's music director and conductor, David Itkin, flourishes his baton to command majestic, whimsical, and exhilarating sound from the instruments of skilled musicians adept at many musical styles. Magnificent Beethoven treats concertgoers to a sonic appetizer with selections from Russian composers Mikhail Glinka and Sergei Rachmaninoff before Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 stirs souls with its ominous, unforgettable opening best known in modern times as the signal that a houseguest has forgotten to take off his or her shoes. Heralded by the New York Times and the Washington Post, special guest Soyeon Lee will lend her nimble ivory-tickling abilities to the Abilene Philharmonic’s adept music-makers. Waves of velvety harmony wash over the Abilene Civic Center's rows of continental-style red seating and its spacious balcony during each performance, spinning symphonic spires as familiar and comforting as oatmeal cookies dunked in warm oatmeal.