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 today’s GrouponLive deal to "Northern Lights I", performed by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra at St. Andrew's Church. For $20, you get one general-admission ticket on Friday, February 10, at 8 p.m. (up to a $40 value). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Since 1976, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra has dipped the ears of Ottawa communities into a symphonious spring of classical music. This February, "Northern Lights I" escorts listeners on a dulcet ascension with a centrepiece concertino for bass and string orchestra engineered more than 50 years ago by Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson, showcasing a guest performance from Juno-winning bassist Joel Quarrington. Global guest conductor Bradley Thachuk led orchestras and operas in Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, and Portugal, among others; here, he ignites the venue with the same showmanship he brings to the Niagara Symphony as its music director. Neils Gade's Novelette in F launches the entire concert with soaring scales, and Marjan Mozetich's Postcards from the Sky dazzles listeners at the night's end as they ponder how to email a cloud. Joining Quarrington and the core of thirteen string sages, keyboardist Thomas Annand uplifts Michael C. Baker's Contours for Bass, Harpsichord and Strings with twinkling measures. The acoustically stellar St. Andrew's Church enhances the lucid euphony with textured pillars, stained-glass windows, and cavernous ceilings that allow each adolescent note to blossom into wondrous, fully grown chords.
Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra offers discounted tickets to students, so Groupon customers should plan ahead to receive the best discount.