Although 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Upgrade your evening with this GrouponLive deal to see the Columbus Symphony Orchestra present Cheek & Charm at the Southern Theatre. For $23, you get one ticket for Huntington-circle or loge seating (up to a $75.90 value, including all fees). Doors open one hour before showtime. Choose between the following performances:
- Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra delves into the stylistic metamorphosis that occurred in the Roaring Twenties, indulging audiences in an evening of bright compositions that mark a break from classical tradition. The concert begins with the capricious trills of Stravinsky’s Octet. Woodwinds shyly carry the introduction, which soon erupts into a mesh of mingling but asynchronous parts, jovially bounding along with staccato scales. Violinist Alicia Hui then takes center stage for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 1, her central melody reaching such highs that at times it resembles the song of a bird after it inhaled a birthday balloon. The piece climbs and falls through the octaves as if playing a musical game of Chutes and Ladders, all the while wrestling with an intense internal dilemma. Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit follows this, playfully morphing between forms. At times it invokes the image of a bustling theater during a jazzy Broadway revue, before descending into fanciful, Brazilian-inspired movements. Ravel’s Ma Mère l'Oye, or Mother Goose, closes out the concert with a sense of wonderment, its calming score dominated by the breath of woodwinds as a sort of bookend to the event.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshell-esque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound to the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists finally found the power outlets. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium's eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic arches that help the eye dance throughout.