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 $32, you get an orchestra or dress-circle ticket to the Santa Cruz County Symphony (a $65 value, tax included), performing at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on January 29.
Music Director John Larry Granger and his team of tunesmiths offer up ear-bending Orphean arrangements with an evening of symphonic staples titled "Strictly Classical". The alluring auditory menu opens with the stirring, regal motions of William Boyce's Symphony no. 5, followed by the renowned Pacific Trio performing Beethoven's sweeping Triple Concerto, a piece that brims with majesty and intensity while evoking Beethoven's frustration with a faulty microwave. Mozart's Symphony no. 39 closes the program with its cheerful, evocative emotion and hummable, lyrical themes.
Though there are few online reviews, past performances by the Santa Cruz County Symphony have received high praise from the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
- After an initial strength-in-numbers declamation, the huge chorus displayed its thorough grasp of delicacy, with crisp staccatos in lock step. – Phyllis Rosenblum, review of Carmina Burana
- Excellent intonation and balance ensured a stirring rendition of this deceptively difficult work. – Phyllis Rosenblum, review of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto