Finding your soulmate is like finding a week-old pizza: it’s rare, ripe with nostalgia, and will leave a strange feeling in your stomach. Simulate this sensation safely with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get two general-admission tickets to the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra’s "Valentine Romance" concert at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge on Sunday, February 12, at 2:30 p.m. (a $50 value).
Helmed by Victor Muenzer, a Grammy-winning conductor and trumpeter, the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra breathes new life into classical masterworks, operatic favorites, and Broadway hits. Instead of hiring Shakespeare’s ghost to run a kissing booth, the orchestra delivers two tributes to his most famous love story, Romeo & Juliet, in its "Valentine Romance" program. A cadre of soloists who have played with venerable Chicagoland and international orchestras make hearts swoon during Prokofiev’s emotionally intense Romeo & Juliet, op. 64 and a star-crossed suite from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. In addition to performing a solo, local violist Dan Golden will premiere his latest composition, Eine Kleine Klezmer Musik, a danceable love song to Jewish music from Eastern Europe.