Stringed instruments, like Richter scales and cell-phone owners watching a scary movie, respond well to vibrations. Shake up your nightlife with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one standard adult general-admission-section ticket to the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra's performance of Searching for New Identities at 8 p.m. May 6 or May 7 at the Civic Center Theater (up to a $25 value). Tickets must be picked up by May 5 from the LSO office.
The conclusion to the LSO's 2010–2011 season, Darkness and Light, Searching for New Identities showcases three pieces that demonstrate their individual composers’ unique national pride. Witness legendary Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's gripping "Concerto for Orchestra," a famously contradictory work often performed by dueting trios. "Cello Concerto," by English music scribe Edward Elgar, brings master cellist Gary Hoffman to the fore, gently tickling his instrument to bring forth exquisite, melodic laughter. The show concludes with a world-premiere commission from the LSO's own composer-in-residence, Shafer Mahoney, ushering tradition into the modern day like quaffing energy drinks with a beloved grandmother.