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 today’s GrouponLive deal: for $32, you get one reserved-seating ticket to hear Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6, Pastoral, presented by the Stamford Symphony at the Palace Theatre (a $65 value). Seating will be in the center orchestra, rows K–S, or center mezzanine, rows E–J. Choose between the following showtimes:
- Saturday, December 3, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 4, at 3 p.m.<p>
Led by globetrotting maestro Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony satiates aural appetites with beautiful interpretations of classic and modern pieces. The program will kick off with Leroy Anderson’s chart-topping 1951 melody “Blue Tango,” which beguiles eardrums with midcentury charm and quarter notes bearing roses in their teeth. Next, the symphony treats audiences to “Last Round,” written by contemporary Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov to commemorate the death of celebrated tango composer Astor Piazzolla. The soprano saxophone concerto of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Jennifer Higdon allows the bluesy sax to moodily soar under the supporting harmonies of a full orchestra. Preu tops off the evening with Beethoven’s celebrated Symphony no. 6, Pastoral, a five-act tone poem that conjures up images of a day in the country without the hassle of traveling or milking a cow in your living room.
The Palace Theatre’s lavish gilding and plush red seats form an ideal setting for relaxed enjoyment of the ear-tickling euphonies. Preshow lectures by maestro Preu begin an hour before each show, educating listeners on each piece’s history, musical themes, and likelihood to be used in a diamond commercial.