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 today's GrouponLive deal: for $44, you get two tickets to see Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka Suite, Sergei Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite, and Steven Gellman’s Jaya Overture, performed by the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre on Monday, November 7, at 8 p.m. (up to an $88 value online, including all ticketing fees and HST). Tickets will be for section-three seats in the amphitheatre or orchestra, rows T–Y and distributed the night of the performance between 7 p.m. and 7:55 p.m.
Celebrating his 20th season at the lectern of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, conductor and music director David Currie conducts his musicians through exquisite interpretations of new and classic work from the symphonic repertoire. The evening's euphonies kick off with Toronto native Steven Gellman's Jaya Overture, whose stirring marches represent Tibet's struggle for freedom and tempt band members to show off their steps in the aisle. Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite tells the comically overwrought tale of an imaginary aristocratic officer, accidentally created by a paperwork error in imperial Russia. The program finishes off with Stravinsky's Petrushka Suite, which was adapted from a ballet about a puppet come to life and features dazzling arpeggios and tumultuous trumpet fanfares that thrill audiences and leave supersonic-hearing batpeople unimpressed.
A preshow lecture by University of Ottawa assistant professor of music Christopher Moore—starting at 7:20 p.m.—proffers guests with information about the music and composers and mollifies brains left cranky after being torn away from reading encyclopedias.
Though the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra offers discounted student tickets, this Groupon is still the best value for most customers.
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