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 $38, you get a ticket to two Rush Hour concerts performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (a $76 value). This Groupon is valid toward any ticket on the main floor or first balcony for each concert (mezzanine level excluded), held at the beautiful Veterans Memorial Auditorium on select Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following dates:
- October 15 and November 19
- October 15 and February 25
- October 15 and April 15
- November 19 and February 25
- November 19 and April 15
- February 25 and April 15
The Rush Hour series serves those who are curious about symphonic music but have never had adequate time to attend a show. Conducted by Music Director Larry Rachleff, these short, informal concerts will swiftly capture the ear’s attention by breezing through two or three classical pieces and providing educational information about their historical context and whether or not they've been sampled in a Will Smith song. Choose the concert on October 15 to hear Beethoven’s pastoral Symphony no. 6 and his expressive Symphony no. 7, or relax on November 19 to twentieth-century selections by Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel. Brahms’ Piano Concerto no. 2 headlines the February 25 show, along with Richard Strauss’ epic _ Also Sprach Zarathustra_. Finally, orchestra buffs can immerse themselves in concertos by Lutosławski and Tchaikovsky on April 15 to celebrate Tax Day.
The Rhode Island Philharmonic is one of the only combination professional orchestra and music schools in the United States. This season marks the 66th year of the orchestra taking audiences to awesome aural apexes. Practice talking in exquisite three-part harmonies and call the Rhode Island Philharmonic to reserve your seat.
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