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 Nordic Excursions, performed by the Wichita Symphony at the Century II Concert Hall. For $25, you get one ticket for seating in section A (a $49 value). Choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, October 27, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, October 28, at 3 p.m.
Founded in 1944, the Wichita Symphony seamlessly sews together the musical prowess of more than 80 performers to spellbind ears with classics, pops, and special concerts. In October, Nordic Excursions opens with Danish master Carl Nielsen’s overture to Maskarade, which is based on a popular 18th-century comedy by the same name. The musical introduction conjures up the manic energy and joy of the comedy’s masquerade ball with its warp-speed strings punctuated by thunderous timpani bursts.
Next, veteran violinist Jennifer Frautschi arms herself with a 1722 Stradivarius violin for Tchaikovsky's famed Violin Concerto, playing the composition with a "sterling technique and a pure, focused sound" that earned her rave reviews from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Deemed unplayable by Russian court violinist Leopold Auer––who was originally chosen by Tchaikovsky himself to premiere the piece—the concerto is considered one of music's most difficult pieces. Its uncompromising first movement has the violin playing almost continuously, dancing through devilish double stops, rocket-like arpeggios, and a virtuosic cadenza that requires two hands and a pinkie toe to play flawlessly.
Finish composer Jean Sibelius's Symphony no. 2 closes the night with an opening allegretto that draws in listeners with a hesitant, syncopated prelude from the strings section, which gives way to a joyous, songlike theme from the oboes. Amid the night’s hailstorm of classical notes, listeners can feast their eyes on Century II's recently renovated Concert Hall, which struts its new look for nearly 2,200 guests and stowaways hiding out in the orchestra's cellos.