- $14 for two tickets to see Penfield Symphony Orchestra's Revel in Rachmaninoff (up to a $28 value)
- When: Monday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Penfield High School Auditorium
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect senior discounts. Students are admitted free.
- Sibelius—Finlandia: Initially written to cap off a covert political rally against Russian censorship of the Finnish press, Finlandia became wildly popular as an expression of nationalism in the face of oppression. The piece became so notorious that Russian authorities banned it, forcing symphonies to play it under made-up names such as Impromptu or the sardonic Happy Feelings at the Awakening of the Finnish Spring.
- Grieg—Peer Gynt Suite No. 1: Instantly recognizable from its opening bars, Peer Gynt's first suite begins with a sunny woodwind melody that evokes morning in a tranquil forest—fitting to the fantastical Ibsen play the work was composed for. The piece ends with the equally familiar "In the Hall of the Mountain King," which slowly builds from a simple, bouncing bassoon theme into a bombastic, whole-orchestra finale representing a banquet of trolls.
- Rachmaninoff—Symphony No. 2: Shattered by the poor reception of his first symphony, Rachmaninoff slipped into a years-long depression that was only lifted through intensive hypnotherapy. He began work on his second symphony in strict secrecy to keep preemptive criticism at bay, eventually restoring his reputation with the meticulously constructed piece. Highlights include the exuberant second movement, which opens with galloping strings backed by regal peals from the horns.
Penfield Symphony Orchestra
Truly a community organization, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra's volunteer musicians take breaks from their lives and careers to treat fellow citizens to masterpieces from the classical repertoire. Music Director David Harman leads the group, showcasing the skills that have placed him in front of such esteemed ensembles as the Cincinnati Symphony, the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Spring Festival of Contemporary Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia.