Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $17, you get one seat in section C (up to a $42.50 value, including all fees).
- For $22, you get one seat in section B (up to a $52.50 value, including all fees).<p>
For either option, choose between the following concerts:
- Classical V: “Fresh Air and Fresh Sounds” on Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
- Classical VI: “The Music of America” on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m.<p>
The first of New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s two spring-appropriate programs, “Fresh Air and Fresh Sounds” kicks off with Michael Daugherty’s Sunset Strip. Mingling popular and classical musical vocabularies, the piece conjures a mirage of Hollywood’s famous boulevard with themes that recall iconic settings from 1950s bands to 1990s clubs to wild 1050s cave parties. Francis Poulenc’s Concert champêtre, featuring the deep harpsichord mastery of Paul Cienniwa, draws in listeners with stately phrases that stand in gnomic contrast to lush orchestral sounds. The keyboard breaks into a jig that is taken up by swirling woodwinds, growing increasingly frenetic before returning to the now-cathartic theme. Beethoven’s dance-like Symphony no. 8 takes a more lighthearted approach than many of his other symphonies. False endings pepper the piece, instantly unmasking robot members of the audience by baffling their applause algorithms.
On May 12, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral evokes a vast, crystalline structure lofted by a tag-team of woodwinds and strings in precisely the same manner as the construction of Chartres Cathedral. The piece builds continually from an almost hesitant start, culminating in a striking cascade of staccato strings and complex timpani rhythms. Noted for being “most at home in the rich-textured, virtuosic works of the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” according to the New York Times, renowned pianist Janice Weber inhabits the muscular arpeggios of Edward MacDowell’s 1889 Piano Concerto no. 2 with ease. Symphony no. 3 by Aaron Copland showcases the American giant’s characteristic mood of sunny contemplation with rising strings that evoke the dawn hour and a theme drawn from his celebrated Fanfare for the Common Man.
A shimmering chandelier set into a golden ceiling watches over the gently sloping auditorium of the Zeiterion, upholstered entirely in crimson fabric. Maestro MacKenzie helps acclimate audiences to the elegance with an informal talk before each concert at 6:45 p.m.