Ravishing Rachmaninoff

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Mid-20th century pieces by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff get couples in the mood for Valentine's Day

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Promotional value expires Feb 13, 2014. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 2/5 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Max M. Fisher Music Center. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Detroit Symphony Orchestra's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Valid only 2/13. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • Two tickets to see Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Ravishing Rachmaninoff
  • When: Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Max M. Fisher Music Center
  • Door time: 6:45 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.<p>

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The Program

Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra takes the baton for this celebration of early- to mid-20th-century orchestral feats. Joining him for the evening, to take over the piano on the Russian-inflected centerpiece, is Danil Trifonov, graduate of the Moscow Gnesin School of Music and Grand Prix–winner at the 14th annual Tchaikovsky Competition.<p>

  • Gershwin—Cuban Overture: Just before creating this piece, noting his abundance of creativity yet relative lack of technical skill, Gershwin began tutelage under Schillinger. What resulted was a work where Gershwin’s signature symphonic jazz took on a complex edge, both capturing the sounds of Havana and growing out his Rhapsody in Blue comfort zone.
  • Rachmaninoff—Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: Despite the name, this homage to 19th-century violin virtuoso Nicolò Paganini is more a concerto than a rhapsody. Throughout, the piano explores two-dozen variations on a single theme until coming to a richly textured head.
  • Respighi—The Fountains of Rome: Respighi was not born in Rome, but was so affected by his adoptive home that his three best-known works are dedicated to the city and every dog he had was named Caesar. The four parts of this meditation correspond to the times of day the composer thought each fountain was best experienced.
  • Piazzolla—Sinfonia de Buenos Aires: Strikingly modernist with vague militaristic overtones, Piazzolla’s three-part ode to the capital of his native country sparked fist fights at its first performance for the inclusion of bandoneons in a classical piece. <p>

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The nation’s fourth-oldest orchestra, the DSO has been filling Detroit’s music halls with top-notch euphony since 1887. By the 1920s, the orchestra came into its own, entering a golden age that saw them hosting such legends as Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. After financial difficulties put the outfit’s hall in jeopardy, a multi-decade fund-raising effort led to their triumphant return home in 1989. Today, the orchestra remains one of the most recorded symphonies in the country, bringing the classical canon to millions of listeners and giving orchestra members something to blast at family gatherings when their siblings start talking about their jobs.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The nation's fourth-oldest orchestra, the DSO has been filling Detroit's music halls with top-notch euphony since 1887. By the 1920s, the orchestra came into its own, entering a golden age that saw them hosting such legends as Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. After financial difficulties put the outfit's hall in jeopardy, a multi-decade fund-raising effort led to their triumphant return home in 1989. Today, the orchestra remains one of the most recorded symphonies in the country, bringing the classical canon to millions of listeners and giving orchestra members something to blast at family gatherings when their siblings start talking about their jobs.

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