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Reviewed September 3, 2012
What You'll Get
Like cheese, classical music is best enjoyed when in string form. Snack on the sounds of cultured compositions with today's Groupon to Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s "Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody" at the Tennessee Theatre. Choose from the following options:
- For $54, you get two Orchestra 1 or Balcony 1 tickets on Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m. (a $112 value).
- For $38, you get two Orchestra 2 tickets on Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m. (an $80 value).
- For $54, you get two Orchestra 1 or Balcony 1 tickets on Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. (a $112 value).
- For $38, you get two Orchestra 2 tickets on Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. (an $80 value).
For more than 75 years, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has swaddled hearts and ears with classical masterworks, a tradition continued as it closes out the 2010–2011 symphony season with "Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody". The skilled string strummers and woodwind whistlers will play the masterpiece comprised of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Stravinsky's suite from The Firebird. Conductor Lucas Richman leads the tuxedoed musicians, accompanied by acclaimed pianist Joel Fan, whose musical resumé boasts performances at the New York Philharmonic, the No. 3 slot on Billboard's Classical Chart for his debut album World Keys, and key-shaped fingers.
Marked as the official state theater of Tennessee, the Tennessee Theatre, built in 1928, entices eyes with both a variety of performances and architectural grandeur. The gilded proscenium stage enhances the symphony experience and gives listeners something better to look at during the performance than their seatmate's list of possible hit T-shirt slogans.
Student tickets for this event are regularly $10.
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