Like cheese, classical music is best enjoyed when in string form. Snack on the sounds of cultured compositions with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get two tickets to see the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra perform with guest violinist Gareth Johnson at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 9, at 3 p.m. (a $40 value). Admission is free for attendees aged 17 and younger, but a ticket is required for entry.
Helmed by globetrotting Brazilian maestro Linus Lerner, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra delights audiences with classical masterpieces, modern symphonic works, and innovative instrumentation from around the world. Virtuosic cadenzas will swathe St. Andrew’s pews in romance as New York Times-lauded violinist Gareth Johnson performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64. Galindo’s Sones de Mariachi draws inspiration from Mexican street performers, and Vaughan Williams’s March Past of the Kitchen Utensils sees a guest conductor directing with a giant spork. The program also includes the Bohemian melodies of Smetana’s Vitava (The Moldau) from Ma Vlast (My Fatherland) and the Hungarian death metal of Liszt’s Symphonic Poem no. 3.