Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras through complex musical pieces and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning bolts away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with today’s GrouponLive deal to “Tchaikovsky’s Fifth”, performed by the Pasadena Symphony at the Ambassador Auditorium on Saturday, October 29, at 8 p.m. A preshow VIP reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres will be held in the Ambassador’s Lower Lounge at 6:30 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get one Section B seat (a $70 value) and one pass to the VIP reception (a $15 value; an $85 total value).
- For $69, you get two Section B seats (a $140 value) and two passes to the VIP reception (a $30 value; a $170 total value).<p>
Before guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen marks her historic Pasadena Symphony debut with a program that features Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Grammy award-winning violinist James Ehnes showers the crowd with pulled and stuttered notes in a virtuosic performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Having performed in more than 30 countries and appeared with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, Ehnes tugs sonic rainbows from his stringed companion in a solo work that earned him Grammy, Juno, and Western Canadian Music awards. Captive audiences seated in Section B will have precious little time to slingshot their rose bouquets onto the stage before Mei-Ann Chen claims her place as the first woman to conduct the Pasadena Symphony’s assemblage of gifted musicians from the motion-picture industry.
Concertgoers are invited to join a preshow VIP reception hosted by reverb, a hip group of arts supporters dedicated to enhancing orchestral music’s street cred in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. Fine wine and hors d’oeuvres complement highfalutin’ discussions about the Pasadena Symphony’s 80-year history and whether the kazoo merits a place in orchestras of the future.