Like cheese, classical music is best enjoyed when in string form. Snack on the sounds of cultured compositions with this GrouponLive deal to see the Rainier Symphony. For $15, you get two tickets for general-admission seating to a classical concert (up to a $30 value, including all fees). Children 12 and younger are admitted for free. Choose from the following options:
- Classical Concert Three with Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 2, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Walton’s Prelude and Fugue: The Spitfire. Choose between the following dates and venues:
- Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at the Foster Performing Arts Center<p>
- Classical Concert Four with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7 at the Foster Performing Arts Center. Choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m.<p>
The Rainier Symphony tickles listeners’ tympanic membranes with classical and pop concerts hosted throughout the year at two local venues, whose intimate size and excellent acoustics enhance string-top serenades. In his 10th season with the symphony, music director David Wayne Waltman invites horn soloist James Patterson to join the symphony in April for Strauss’s Horn Concerto no. 2, a joyful, brash piece that celebrates an instrument too often relegated as the soup bowl at the ensemble’s potluck dinners.
In May, acclaimed Russian-born pianist Eduard Zilberkant mans the ivory for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3. A demanding piece for the soloist, this concerto debuted when the Russian first toured America in 1909 and politely declined Teddy Roosevelt’s invitation to help him wrestle a bear. Waltman also conducts the orchestra through Sibelius’s Symphony no. 7, a robust piece the Kennedy Center’s annotator proclaimed to “change and broaden our notions of what a symphony can be, or ought to be.”