During concerts, a musician’s wild side emerges, such as when a cellist destroys an amplifier or a conductor eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with this GrouponLive deal to see The Miami Symphony Orchestra perform “Mahler First” at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. All tickets are for reserved seating. Choose from the following options:
- For $59, you get two tickets in price level 3 (a $158 value).
- For $79, you get two tickets in price level 2 (a $198 value).
- For $89, you get two tickets in price level 1 (a $230 value).<p>
At the end of the 19th century, many audiences were not ready for the music of Gustav Mahler or Arnold Schoenberg. The central European listeners had ears bred on the traditional sounds of Beethoven and Mozart. When they heard new works from two composers who would later help popularize a new style of classical music in the 20th century, these fans, as Schoenberg himself reported, “hissed and caused riots and fist fights.”
Over time, however, Mahler’s first symphony overcame its lukewarm premiere in Budapest. Known as Titan, the symphony calls on the orchestra’s Maestro Eduardo Marturet to navigate the orchestra through four movements. The jubilant, confident opening pieces give way to a penultimate piece known as the Funeral March, whose ghostly melody is based on “Frere Jacques,” which is also the spookiest song in Ozzy Osbourne’s album for children.
Likewise, Schoenberg hardly capitulated to the puzzling, borderline hostile reception he received when, at 25, he debuted his Verklärte Nacht, known in English as Transfigured Night. Written well before he became the father of the 12-tone technique, this early music, as Richard Freed writes for the Kennedy Center, is “warmly and expansively romantic.” It is a romance, however, pierced with the sharp trill of violins and the dark resonance of its literary source, a poem about infidelity and pregnancy.
Inside the Gusman, lavish Moorish design elements transport imaginations to faraway lands. Its turrets and towers vault toward a shimmering ceiling, illuminated with twinkling stars from galaxies where instruments have evolved to play themselves.
The Miami Symphony Orchestra
Since 1989, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has mimicked Miami’s cultural diversity with concerts and events that act as a melting pot of musical influences. Music director Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor, helms many of the concerts, encouraging the musicians to unleash their inner Beethovens or Bachs—former members of the ’80s hair-metal band Skid Row.