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 a ticket to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's "9th to the Nth" concert on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 7 p.m (up to a $70 value). This Groupon is valid toward any ticket for the concert (except on the mezzanine level), held at the beautiful Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
9th to the Nth is the final concert in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's 2009–2010 classical series. Led by acclaimed conductor Larry Rachleff, the longtime music director for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the orchestra will allegro and adagio its way through the "Stairway to Heaven" of classical music—Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, featuring the acclaimed "Ode to Joy" choral theme and performed with the assistance of the Providence Singers. The Ninth Symphony was Beethoven's final complete symphony, and, at over an hour, it is his longest. In the 186 years since its original premiere, it has gone on to be one of the world's most recognizable non-Ohio Players pieces of music. Also appearing on the "9th to the Nth" program is Decoration Day, written by American composer Charles Ives.
The Rhode Island Philharmonic is the only combination professional orchestra and music school in the United States; this season marks the 65th year of the orchestra’s taking audiences to awesome aural apexes. Brush up on the "9th to the Nth" program notes and call the Rhode Island Philharmonic to reserve your seat for Beethoven bravado.
This Groupon is good for all seats in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium except for the mezzanine.
Channing Gray of the Providence Journal sings the praises of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's past performances:
- ...the high point of the night had to have been the sizzling account of Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony, which [music director Larry] Rachleff has not done here before and which he conducted from memory. Here the orchestra sounded bright and sunny for the opening movement. But there was an air of sadness to the lilting slow movement, and lots of drive to the whirlwind Furiant. – Channing Gray
Classical Voice of New England also offers a rave review of the orchestra, saying:
- The gastronomic equivalent would be something like an assortment of wild bird eggs, served with a selection of piquant sauces, which one must eat while blindfolded, so as not to ruin the surprise. But it [Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques] remains a piece, if an orchestra is able to pull it off, which must be heard more frequently. RIPO was more than capable. – Patrick Valentino