Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky 4

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Conductor Carl St. Clair leads the symphony through two Mozart pieces and Tchaikovsky's thunderous fourth

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Promotional value expires Mar 15, 2014. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on 3/15 for a ticket at venue will call. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Memphis Symphony Orchestra's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 90 minutes hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • One ticket to see Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky 4
  • When: Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
  • Door time: 6 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.

Seating Options * $8 for upper-balcony seating (up to $15 value) * $18 for lower-balcony seating (up to $29 value) * $39 for box seating (up to $56 value) * Click here to view the seating chart.

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The Program

  • Mozart—Overture from The Magic Flute: Presaging the deft mixture of comedy and Masonic allegory in the coming opera, The Magic Flute’s overture opens with the portentous blasts of horns. The strings then swell into a merry jig and every freemason in the audience is legally required to cough.
  • Mozart—Oboe Concerto: Thought lost for centuries, Mozart’s oboe concerto was only rediscovered when an archivist realized his supposed “second flute concerto” was really written for its fellow woodwind. Long considered strange for its lack of high notes, the piece made perfect sense with an oboe, whose burbling good humor and middle range fit the music far better.
  • Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4: Tchaikovsky does not mess around. Interspersed with uneasy silences, striking fortes rain down in the first movement, giving way to melancholy oboe in the second. By the fourth movement, a bolder mood is struck and the work begins to incorporate a famous Russian folk song, “In the Field Stood a Birch Tree.”

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Unsurprisingly for a city so integral to music history, Memphis’s early days were filled with informal classical-music societies bearing names such as the Beethoven Club, the Philharmonic Society, and the Casino Club. Continuing that tradition, 21 musicians banded together in 1953 to form the Memphis Sinfonietta. Moving from venue to venue to accommodate its ever-growing audiences, the group eventually settled into the acoustically renowned Cannon Center for the Performing Arts and took the more formal name of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Today, the symphony stays true to its self-starter roots, hosting its International Conducting Competition to seek out future baton-wielding superstars and conveniently test the music director’s new batons for curses.

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