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 savage insides with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one ticket to the Richmond Symphony's performance of "Jefferson, In His Own Words" at the Carpenter Theatre. Seating will be in the side orchestra or rear first dress section for the following performance dates and times:
- Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 3 p.m.
Comprised of more than 70 professional musicians, the Richmond Symphony orchestra has put on stirring classical concerts since 1957, blending timeless classics with contemporary pieces for audiences of all aural preference. The Jefferson: In His Own Words performance will feature the masterwork of composer Judith Shatin, who's managed to string together an earful of crowd-moving tales through the inspiration of Thomas Jefferson's own writings, political passions, personal correspondences, and deep love for foosball. Narrated by former Governor of Virginia Gerald L. Baliles, the performance also includes works from Copland, Saint-Saëns, and Dvorák.
- She also turned to the music of Jefferson's time for inspiration – listening to the music Jefferson lived with as well as investigating the music that was part of the slaves' lives. Shatin's goal was to create a portrait, not just of a statesman, but "a more nuanced and intimate portrait." – Jane Ford, UVA Today
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