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 Bankhead Theater in Livermore. For $45, you get a concert and postshow party package on Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. (up to a $100 total value). The package includes the following:
- One ticket for top-tier seating in the middle of the theater (up to a $55 value)
- Admission to the postshow party, including refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the performers (a $45 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.
After the concert, aficionados 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.