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 American Symphony Orchestra at State Theatre. For $10, you get one ticket for premium-orchestra, mid-orchestra, premium-loge, front-balcony, mid-balcony, or gallery seating on Sunday, November 4, at 3 p.m. (up to a $65 value, including all fees). Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
In celebration of his 20th anniversary with the American Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leon Botstein guides audiences through an afternoon of Brahms and Beethoven. The ASO’s debut at the State Theatre, the concert continues its mission of making orchestral music accessible. Botstein begins the performance by leading the musicians through Brahms’ Serenade no. 1 in D Major, op. 11, a six-movement piece that begins with a single strain before swelling into a flurry of flutes, violins, and oboes. Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 then stirs the emotions during its four movements. It starts light and playfully—a flute bouncing with misleading simplicity—before bassoons, clarinets, and trumpets surge and undulate, rising to robust crests then ebbing back to the lowly flute, suddenly making it seem as though it’s playing a game of cat and mouse with the rest of the orchestra.
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.