In a stereotypical high-school orchestra, the saxophonists are pranksters, flutists are flirty, and the toe pianists are actually monkeys. Move beyond the status quo with today's Groupon: for $24, you get one ticket to the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra's "Providence and Percussion" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, located in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at the Von Braun Center (up to a $48 value, including all ticket fees). All tickets are for seating section C.
The robust Huntsville Symphony Orchestra features a night of vibraphone tap-taps and deep-throated gong booms in "Providence and Percussion." Led by guest conductor Maxim Eshkenazy and featuring percussionist Sean Ritenauer, whose experience includes the New York Philharmonic, a Tony Award–winning musical, and a Michel Gondry short film, the performance opens with two of Russian composer Anatol Liadov's tone poems, with the serene strings of The Enchanted Lake giving way to the up-and-down pitch surges that describe the titular folk-tale witch in Baba Yaga.
Composer Jennifer Higdon's percussion concerto is a dialogue between percussionist Sean Ritenauer and the orchestra that showcases the marimba's mellow tones and the wood blocks' clatter. After an intermission, the night concludes with Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5, whose four energetic movements are an epic expression of the Russian composer's craving for a philly cheesesteak. There's no limit on how many of today's Groupons you can buy, so treat a group of concert buddies or an infinite number of alternate-universe doppelgangers to a night out on the town.
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