Classical music boosts listeners’ brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal to see the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at Miller Auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus. For $30, you get two tickets for seating in zone one of the grand tier (an $82 value). Choose between the following performances:
- “Spanish Rhapsody” on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m.
- “Tchaikovsky and Brahms” on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m.<p>
The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra continues to build on its rich, 90-year history with a pair of concerts to cap off its current symphonic series. On March 10, guest cellist Johannes Moser joins the ensemble to unfurl an evening of sensual Spanish sounds. The performance opens with Bizet’s Carmen Suite no. 1 from the opera of the same name. The composition stirs souls with the foreboding strings of the prelude before uplifting eardrums with the jovial horns and cymbal crashes of the climatic Les Toréadors. A similar range of tone is explored in Lalo’s Cello Concerto, its pace beginning at a melancholy lull, then snowballing to dramatic breakneck speed. A trio of Ravel works rounds out the euphonic evening. One hour prior to the performance, conductor Raymond Harvey swaps his baton for a microphone to deliver an information-packed lecture about the night’s arrangements and the workout regimen that sustains the cello’s curvy figure.
Widely acclaimed by discerning ears, violinist Stefan Jackiw helps KSO greet springtime with a celebration of Tchaikovsky and Brahms. After the sweeping overture to Weber’s romantic opera Der Freischütz, the symphony pirouettes through the sprightly notes of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which reflects the serenity of the Swiss coast where the composer went to recuperate after the end of his marriage to Antonina Miliukova. Attendees can marvel at Jackiw’s technique—praised as “flawless” by the Chicago Tribune—while trying to catch favorite notes with butterfly nets before the season finishes with Brahms’s Symphony no. 4 (his final in the series).