Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a level A ticket to Jacques & the Divas on Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m., and a glass of champagne from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (a $79 total value). Building on the dulcet energies of his inaugural season, new music director Jacques Lacombe whips up wistful Valentine romance during Jacques & the Divas. Beneath the sweeping lights and winged ushers of the Prudential Hall in Newark's New Jersey Performing Arts Center, seasoned songbirds Debbie Gravitte, Jan Horvath, and Christiane Noll warble Broadway standards from shows including Funny Girl, Wicked, and My Fair Lady. Groupon holders also receive a preconcert flute of champagne, calibrated for toasting amorous rendezvous or bringing a classy end to simmering feuds with the garbage man.
The New York Times frequently covers the latest performances and breaking news from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The Star-Ledger also previewed a past performance. Nearly 850 Facebookers are fans. Nine Yelpers give the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where the orchestra performs, a four-star average.
- The musicians played vividly for their new maestro, who led a vibrant and detailed performance. – Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times