Rainier Symphony's Classical Concert II Featuring "Don Quixote"


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Cellist John Michel joins the Symphony for Strauss's take on Cervantes's classic tale of bumbling chivalry

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Promotional value expires Feb 10, 2014. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at venue will call. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Rainier Symphony's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • Rainier Symphony’s Classical Concert II Featuring Don Quixote
  • When: Saturday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, February 9, at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
  • Section: general admission
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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Ticketing Options

  • $9 for one adult ticket (up to $16.52 value)
  • $15 for two adult tickets (up to $33.04 value)<p>

The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student or senior discounts. Children 12 and under are admitted free.<p>

The Program

  • Verdi—La forza del destino Overture: When audiences received this four-act opera with less fanfare than he’d hoped, Verdi returned to the drawing board to broaden its appeal. As well as an off-stage duel and the decision use instruments instead of crying babies, the changes included an epic overture that brought together many of the opera’s melodies.
  • Vaughan Williams—Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: Vaughn Williams discovered Tallis’s 1567 hymn while editing The English Hymnal in 1906. Using its unusual melody as a jumping-off point, the conversations he created between separate string sections bring a sense of both the ancient and the modern.
  • Strauss—Don Quixote: Cellist John Michel joins the symphony for Strauss’s affectionate and devoted take on Cervantes’s epic comedy. Between introduction and epilogue, 10 variations follow the Don and his faithful squire, Sancho, with the cello taking up the Don’s themes as he blunders through his misadventures.<p>

Rainier Symphony

In 12 seasons as Rainier Symphony’s Music Director, David Waltman has had plenty of time to look forward. A gifted conductor with an international reputation, Waltman has not only led the community orchestra with an eye toward sustainability, but has collaborated with other arts organizations to create gripping concert experiences. Among the Symphony’s partners are the Evergreen City Ballet, Emerald Ballet Theatre, ChoralSounds Northwest, Northwest University, and the Everett Chorale. Recently, Waltman brought yet another great collaborator into the fold—concertmaster Ilkka Talvi, who brings 30 years of violin-playing experience along with him.

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