What You'll Get
Ancient symphonies were violent affairs, with out-of-tune musicians forced into battles royale armed with only their instruments and light chest plates made out of unused playbills and batons. Chart the evolution of the concert with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a three-concert subscription to the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra (a $199 value), good for one ticket to each of the final three concerts of the season. Available seating includes Rows M–T, and each show begins at 8 p.m.
Conductor Michael Morgan and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra's seasoned tunesmiths finish their 2010–2011 season with a flourish, casting an eclectic mix of classical and pops programs sprinkled with performances by renowned guest artists. On February 19, internationally acclaimed concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner tickles the ivories during "Basically Beethoven", cascading through Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 24 before the orchestra's majestic take on Beethoven's Symphony no. 7. On April 9, "Hidden Meanings" explores issues of love and faith amid the tumultuous early twentieth century, with pieces by Edward Elgar and Dmitri Shostakovich, a secretive composer known for hiding unfinished works under the stairwells in M.C. Escher paintings. The season belts to a close on May 21 with "Homegrown Sacramento", as Tony-award-winning Broadway chanteuse Faith Prince summons Sondheim, Loesser, and other giants of the Great White Way with her strong vocal prowess.
Groupon holders fill their Orphean orders from the multitiered elegance of downtown's Community Center Theater, a 2,422-seat concert hall calibrated to hold acoustics-loving couples and classically trained melody hunters.
The Mountain Democrat, Sacramento News & Review and Sacramento Press featured the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. Three Yelpers give the venue an average of 4.5 stars, and 1,700 Facebookers are fans.
- The orchestra keeps sounding better and better. Plus, they have launched on an impressive commissioning program of new music. – Richard R., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 17, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must activate subscription by 2/16/11, subscription expires day of last concert: 5/21/11. New subscribers only. Tickets are non-refundable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.