Wolf packs are dangerous and musically incompetent, which is why it's better to listen to instruments handled by humans. For $20, today's Groupon gets you a ticket to one of four performances at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (up to a $78 value). Shows take place on April 10, 11, 24, or May 1 at either the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts or the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. Regardless of the venue or performance, all tickets must be redeemed over the phone or at the MSO box office prior to the show. Each Groupon is valid for any seat in levels 1–3, so book early for best availability.
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been breaking strings and the hearts of screaming fans since its inception in 1952. Three of the four scheduled performances will resonate throughout the elegantly crafted Cannon Center. The architecturally stunning venue will host Mozart's Requiem in a performance guest-conducted by Ward Stare and dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Requiem, a piece written in Mozart's last days, will run on April 10 at 8 p.m. at the Cannon Center. On April 11, the intimate 900-seat Germantown Performing Arts Centre will host a matinee encore of Mozart's Requiem at 2:30 p.m.
Demonstrating Memphis flair, the orchestra will also perform a tribute to the kings and queens of soul at the Cannon Center on April 24 at 8 p.m. The orchestra will fuse together genres and transform the work of Isaac Hayes and Ray Charles into bouncing baroque. Conversely, you can opt for a return to the classics and spend an evening with Beethoven's Eroica symphony, with the orchestra also showcasing his compelling Overture to Egmont and the ballet music from The Creatures of Prometheus. Filling the state-of-the-art Cannon Center on May 1 at 8 p.m., the music's combination of power and grace will cause many to be moved to tears, which will likely form puddles in the theater, making exiting nearly impossible without an inflatable raft. Call ahead to reserve your seats, or redeem your Groupon at the MSO box ofice.
- The second half of the evening offered Mozart's Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner"), which might well be the piece you'd transmit to aliens if you could only put one symphony on your celestial iPod. The MSO's performance would be a good one to send as well -- it was seamless, delicate and strong. – Jon W. Sparks, GoMemphis