Although 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Expose yourself to old-school edification with today's GrouponLive deal: for $18, you get one general-admission ticket to see Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra's performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church on Sunday, February 26, at 3 p.m. (a $36 value, including all fees). Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.
Winner of the Illinois Council of Orchestras' 2010 award for best programming, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra dazzles ears with performances from a talented ensemble of community instrumentalists. Throughout the February 26 performance, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago will help amplify finely tuned measures with impassioned vocals belted out by more than 125 volunteer members, each of whom underwent an arduous audition process and survived a jousting battle with the maestro. Bursting with grandeur, Handel's Dettingen Te Deum launches the melody-packed afternoon with spirited trumpet fanfare and rousing choruses. Finally, the symphony conjures the sonic flames of Mozart's fiery Requiem, which was written in the final year of the composer's life and transports listeners back to the era before dandies hunted powdered wigs to extinction.
Though Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra offers student tickets for $7 and family packages for $65, today's Groupon offers the best deal available for most customers.