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 Beethoven Orchestra Bonn at the State Theatre. For $11, you get one ticket for best-available seating in the orchestra or balcony on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. (up to a $65 value, including all fees). Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
On March 10, the 106-piece powerhouse of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn swoops in from Germany for an evening of strictly Beethoven. As ambassadors of culture in their home city, the orchestra has filled opera houses with their majestic mellifluousness for more than 100 years. Under the precise baton sweeps of maestro Stefan Blunier, the orchestra delves into a diverse selection of Beethoven’s works alongside the ivory tickling of French-Canadian piano marvel Louis Lortie. The rarely performed overture from The Ruins of Athens in G Major, op. 113 sets the scene with a refreshing and lilting tone painting of muses and gods, before the emotional pendulum of Piano Concerto no. 4 in G Major, op. 58. The program concludes with Symphony no. 7 in A Major, op. 92, described by Richard Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance,” which continues to confound and excite fans with its frenzy, humor, and graceful beauty.
A free preconcert talk by composer Raymond Wojcik will take place at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church, located just down the street from the theater at 323 George Street. A speaker for the State Theatre's International Orchestra Series since 2000, Wojcik delves into the program with erudite aplomb, noting musical themes, biographical tidbits, and the best moment to quietly sneeze.
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.