The invention of the piano marked a significant improvement from the harpsichord; pianos have greater range of volume, clearer tones, and are much better places for hiding stolen treasure. Explore all the possibilities of instruments with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get one general-admission ticket to French Flavor at the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra (up to a $20 value). The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium in Ridgewood. Though Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra offers $10 tickets for students, this Groupon still represents the best deal for most buyers.
Celebrating its 71st year, the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra features 15-year-old prodigy pianist George Li in French Flavor, the final installment of its internationally themed season. First-prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2010 Cooper International Competition, Li has performed in prestigious concert halls in New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC, and his performance at the Young Musicians Forum was noted as one of the top 10 classical music concerts of 2010 by the NY Daily Gazette. The evening begins as George Li’s agile fingers perform a solo dance number across black and white keys, soon joined by the sweeping strings and oboes of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18. As Rachmaninoff’s sonorous tones fade, Bizet’s L'Arlésienne Suite no. 1 rounds up stray eardrums with its playful, lively rhythms and eloquent meditative passages. Finally, Ravel’s Bolero concludes the evening by catering to foot tappers who may be inspired to go home and practice Spanish dances or compose triple sestinas in trimeter.
Russian conductor Arkady Leytush leads the nearly 100 volunteer members of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra welcomes musical stars of all ages, so talented high-school students play alongside retired tuba-wrangling experts.