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 your savage insides with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one ticket (prices range from $42–$78) to Home for the Holidays, performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on December 4 at 8 p.m. Seats will be in the orchestra, parterre, mezzanine, or lower balcony.
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been breaking strings and the hearts of screaming fans since its inception in 1952. This year, the orchestra will once again resonate throughout the elegantly crafted Cannon Center, sending seasonal shivers down the tickled spines of all audience members. The Home for the Holidays performance includes vocal joys from soprano Ashley Brown, best known for her portrayal of Mary Poppins on Broadway, in addition to a medley of carol-worthy classics performed by the Memphis Symphony Chorus and the University of Memphis Concert Singers. The evening's combination of power and cheer will cause many to be moved to tears, which will likely form puddles in the theater, making exiting nearly impossible without an inflatable raft.
- 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