Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with today’s GrouponLive deal to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s “Magnificent Mahler” concert at the Ohio Theatre. For $23, you get one ticket for main-floor or mid-balcony seating (up to a $50.70 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). Choose between the following performances:
- Friday, February 10, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m.<p>
Under the baton of music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra casts spells of euphoria over onlookers with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 6. Dubbed Tragic, the monumental symphony deftly mixes lighthearted tunes with moments of heart-squeezing sadness and existential pain. WOSU’s Christopher Purdy shares his classical-music expertise with hungry minds in a preconcert talk that begins one hour prior to each performance. Zeitouni will join a cadre of CSO musicians for a postshow question-and-answer session, shedding light on his approach to the music and the dark corner of the stage where Beethoven’s ghost stays when visiting. Within the Spanish Baroque opulence of the Ohio Theatre, eyes widen and clocks turn backwards as the sublime acoustics ricochet from the 21-foot chandelier and rococo columns into awaiting ears.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshellesque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound into the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists figured out that nobody needed to worry about that stuff.