Like cheese, classical music is best enjoyed when in string form. Snack on the sounds of cultured compositions with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a silver or premier ticket to the SDSO Annual Mahler Celebration presented by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $45 value). The tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Washington Pavilion box office, which is open Monday–Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, led by critically acclaimed music director Delta David Gier, makes virtuosic musical vibrations accessible to symphonic sound-seeking eardrums. Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, (The Song of the Earth), is a song-and-string interpretation of seven ancient Chinese poems. The six-movement symphony, which lasts about 65 minutes, has been described as Mahler’s most personal work. It is theorized that Mahler was taken by the poems' descriptions of the simultaneous beauty and transience of earthly existence and the secret method for training gerbils to windsurf.
The audience will enjoy two orchestra-only extracts from Richard Wagner’s "Tannhäuser" overture and the “Venusberg Music” finale. These two pieces elegantly bookend the classic struggle between sacred and profane love, which, like the struggle between peanut butter and jelly, can only be resolved with a thumb-wrestling contest. Concert insights begin at 6:30 p.m., and offers bonus symphony knowledge, like why strings are sometimes bowed, sometimes plucked, and sometimes shoot lasers.
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