$59 for California Symphony Concert with Preshow or Postshow Party in Walnut Creek (Up to $125 Value)

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Symphony celebrates 25th anniversary with gala concert & parties featuring a chance to meet Lara St. John & conductor Donato Cabrera

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Promotional value expires May 6, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 4/21 for a ticket. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which will be provided to California Symphony. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects California Symphony's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Must be 21+ with valid ID to consume alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Many conventions of modern music originated with Mozart, who was the first to rock a provocative hairstyle and call other musicians the next Mozart. Find out who did it first with this GrouponLive deal to see the California Symphony’s season finale, “Lara St. John and Beethoven’s Ninth,” at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. The show takes place on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:

  • For $59, you get a preshow party package (up to a $125 total value), which includes the following:
  • One ticket for middle-orchestra or front-balcony seating (up to a $69 value)
  • Admission to the preshow party, including refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the performers (a $56 value). The pre-show party begins at 5:30 p.m.<p>

  • For $59, you get a postshow party package (up to a $125 total value), which includes the following:
  • One ticket for middle-orchestra or front-balcony seating (up to a $69 value)
  • Admission to the postshow party, including refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the performers (a $56 value). The postshow party runs from immediately after the performance until 11 p.m.<p>

The California Symphony celebrates the end of its 25th season by soaking audience ears in sounds that span history. Headlining the evening’s events, international violin superstar Lara St. John takes center stage, performing Tchaikovsky’s challenging Violin Concerto. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times describes St. John as “a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava,” much to the delight of audiences and the peril of any snowmen in the front rows.

Also taking the stage, the California Symphony’s current Young American Composer-in-Residence, D.J. Sparr, performs a world premiere of his newest work. After two years of writing, his pieces present a blend of art-concert craft with influences taken from his youthful guitar work. The California Festival Chorus and the San Francisco State Chamber Singers and University Chorus then join the orchestra, led by San Francisco Symphony conductor Donato Cabrera, to deliver a rafter-shaking rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the source of “Ode to Joy” and easily the most well-known composition of the legendary St. Bernard.

Whether choosing the pre- or postconcert party, aficionados get to rub elbows with the stars of the show over champagne, beer, and wine. Between nibbles of hors d’oeuvres, they might mingle with conductor Donato Cabrera and ask him about his honorary position among the Friends of Mexico or ask virtuoso Lara St. John about soloing with an orchestra at the tender age of 4, a feat most don’t perform until at least 7-and-a-half.

Customer Reviews

Great!
Julia K. · May 6, 2012
Very fun holiday concert!
Devon L. · January 4, 2012

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