A night at the symphony not only provides a lasting memory of refined musical prowess; it also keeps patrons from resorting to the boring routine of watching the TV boil. Mix up the routine with this GrouponLive deal to see concerts presented by Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at Court Street United Methodist Church. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two general-admission tickets to one concert (up to a $50 value). Choose from the concerts listed below.
- For $59, you get a six-ticket flex pass, good for general admission to any combination of concerts (up to a $135 value). The flex pass can be shared among multiple people at a time.
Students are regularly admitted to concerts for $5 each, and a student flex pass is regularly $27. Valid concerts include:
"Stained Glass Concerto" on Friday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Ottorino Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances opens the concert with a melancholy tapestry of dancing violins, which weave their way through an airy accompaniment by the cellos. After performances of Howard Hanson's Serenade for Flute and Charles Griffes’s Poem for Flute and Orchestra, American composer Dexter Morrill's Stained Glass Concerto forms the centerpiece of the night, with Morrill himself in attendance. Finally, Ralph Vaughan Williams's interpretation of Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus" adapts the classic English folk song into a gently meditative string fantasia.
David Lisker on Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m.
"Sounds of Winter" Christmas concert on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m.
"Sounds of Winter" warms frozen bones with a series of pieces celebrating the frosty months, using such diverse instruments as organ, harp, and snowballs thrown at the back of a soprano's head.
Mathieu Dufour on Sunday, January 13, at 2 p.m.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's principal flutist, Mathieu Dufour, who was appointed by Daniel Barenboim when he was a mere 25 years old, shows off the soloist skills that led the Chicago Classical Review to laud him for his "seamless technical ease, fluent runs, and remarkable breath control."
"Out of My Hands" with pianist Christopher O'Riley on Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.
The host of NPR's From the Top, Christopher O'Riley, performs selections from his 2009 album, Out of My Hands, deftly transforming beloved pop songs by such artists as Tori Amos, Radiohead, and R.E.M. into exquisite piano arrangements.
"Aaron Copland's America", performed by the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.
"Aaron Copland's America" delves into two iconic pieces of Americana: Appalachian Spring and Tender Land. Opening with a soft woodwind melody that evokes the rising sun, Appalachian Spring includes Copland's famous variations on the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.” The Tender Land suite weaves together music from Copland's opera of the same name, whose melodies draw inspiration from the Depression-era writing of James Agee and the desolate yet, hopeful photographs of Walker Evans.
Gaelic folk singer Julie Fowlis on Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Scottish Gaelic folk singer Julie Fowlis lends her sterling pipes to contemplative ballads and sprightly jigs, sung in the native tongue of her northern homeland.
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
Founded in 1884, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is among the oldest community music organizations in the U.S., inviting patrons into its halls year after year to support and experience the excitement of live music. The center is home to the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, which won the 2011 award for Best Chamber Orchestra from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. The group of in-residence musicians keep fans of classical music thoroughly entertained with concerts throughout the year and tag-team wrestling matches between the string and brass sections.