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Today’s Groupon whisks your eardrums away from the glugs, hisses, and discomfiting chirps of the machinery shed you live in. For $30, you’ll see internationally acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop guide the Houston Symphony through Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, the Titan. Hearing Mahler’s First from orchestra level while Alsop guides the whirring woodwinds and booming brass can be a transcendent and pleasantly ticklish aural experience.
Mahler’s irregular melodic structures and thundering tunes have mesmerized audiences ever since he first attained superfame at the Vienna Opera. Leonard Bernstein’s love of Mahler helped him hold a spot at the top of the pops well into the 20th century. His First Symphony is a solemn piece that starts slowly, travels through an unsettling, melancholic version of “Frère Jacques” in the minor key, then explodes in a frenzied deluge. Since Marin Alsop was voted Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year in 2003 and became the first conductor ever to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, she’s the best conductress to conduct you on a tour of Gustav’s crystalline half-note rest grottos. Alsop and Houston Symphony’s musicians will start the performance with Barber’s Symphony No. 1.
If you haven’t heard the sounds of a symphony since that time you were put on hold while returning a cheese grater you ordered from the Extravagant Cheese & Fancy Wines catalogue, today’s Groupon will score you a classy date, a prelude to the rest of Mahler’s music, and an alternative to curbside plastic bucket drummers.
Two Judy’s Book reviewers give Houston Symphony a perfect five stars, while two Yahoo! Locals give it 4.5 and Yelpers give it four: > * Houston Symphony has been a part of Houston’s culture since the beginning of time. It continues to be one of Houston’s biggest enjoyments…the performances are always wonderful. – sylvia r., Judy’s Book > * The Houston Symphony is awesome to listen to…It’s really fun to just sit and listen to them. It would also be a great cultural exposure for kids and might even get them into music. – Kimberly N., Judy’s Book