Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this Groupon to see Picture the Dream from the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra at Plymouth Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 29, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are for best-available seating in sections M-1, M-8, or B-5. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get two tickets (up to a $100 value).
- For $80, you get four tickets (up to a $200 value).
A small child totters next to a luggage trunk. Faces light up with wonder and excitement as families ponder their new lives. The Statue of Liberty welcomes ashore boats filled with newcomers. On the opening night of Picture the Dream, historic images like these help tell the story of immigrants voyaging to the Land of Opportunity while the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra performs a stirring rendition of Peter Boyer’s Grammy-nominated composition, “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” Onstage, thespians act out seven unique stories of immigrants arriving at New York Harbor as the orchestra articulates their range of emotions. For its broad scope and candid shots of Lady Liberty switching her torch hand, the Los Angeles Times heralded Boyer’s intermingling of mediums as “a work of rare authenticity and directness.”
Continuing the evening’s theme, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra’s army of instruments also marches though Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” which was inspired by his close friend’s sketches, watercolors, and architectural designs. Following this friend’s sudden death, Mussorgsky attended a memorial exhibition of the late artist’s work and decided to pen a composition that soundtracks the joy and the melancholy of remembering a person who’s passed away. According to Richard E. Rodda of The Kennedy Center, each movement is meant to depict a specific picture and links together with a musical “Promenade.”
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra
First established in 1913, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra proudly embraces a storied history that saw the group blossom from a 30-piece ensemble to a professional symphony orchestra of 75 musicians. Steven Karidoyanes has marshaled this acoustical army as its music director since 1994, leading them in performances at venues across the state.