Though 20 percent of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100 percent of babies born on stage during classical music performances become Bill Gates. Witness the birth of aural ecstasy with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a premium orchestra ticket to the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s season-finale concert on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. (a $55 value). The concert will take place at the Christopher Cohan Center within the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo.
Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary season, the San Luis Obispo Symphony fills silent California skies with classical masterworks, stirring chamber music, and the occasional night of Boy Meets World theme-song variations. Today’s deal grants music lovers a great view of conductor Michael Nowak leading the symphony alongside members of the Cuesta Master Chorale and the Cal Poly Choirs in an intense performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, which was written after the composer went deaf but before he began his man-to-tiger body-mod regimen. Joined for the first half of the evening by the Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra, the sound sculptors will also perform the world premiere of Celebrations, a piece composed by San Luis Obispo County composer Craig H. Russell to mark the group’s birthday.