Captain America once said, "'Twas music that soothed the savage beast." Although he was talking about his short-lived nemesis Dr. Angry Parakeet, it's just as true for animals of the human persuasion. Soothe savage insides with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one ticket to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Orchestra's performance of Strings Extravaganza on April 16 at The Grand Opera House, located on Mulberry Street (a $50 value). Seating will be on the ground floor and in the balcony wings and is assigned on a first come, first served basis; if you wish to sit with another Groupon customer, please present your tickets together at will call.
A restored relic of vaudevillian days, the sweeping stage of the historic Grand Opera House plays host to a wide variety of world-renowned performances and events. On Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., its curtains open on the Center for Strings Orchestra, conducted by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra director Robert Spano, who will perform their rendition of Bartók's Divertimento for Strings. Treble clefs and quarter-notes will frolic like unicorns in an alfalfa pasture as the strings weave a neoclassical tapestry of modal tonalities and hearty peasant harmonies, delighting ears with the airy melodies of violins and the deep bass of the cello. Special performances by Mike Mills of R.E.M. and violinist Robert McDuffie will illuminate the evening with celebrity glow. A gala reception will follow the show (admission is included in the price of this Groupon), giving music lovers a chance to compare notes and elite cliques of culturati a chance to perfect their secret handshakes.