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 your savage insides with today's Groupon: for $42, you get a ticket to each of the three concerts in the Casual Classic series from the Spokane Symphony (an $84 value). Performances are held at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Now in its 64th year, the 70-piece Spokane Symphony performs for 150,000 sonata supporters in the Pacific Northwest each season, powerfully reciting the works of several treble-clef-crazed composers. Its Casual Classic series takes an informal and inventive look at some of the standards of the classical music canon, with the following three performances this season:
Unusual Composer Deaths on November 5, 2010, at 8 p.m. Conductor Morihiko Nakahara will lead the symphony through the works of composers who met mysterious ends. Get enveloped in the sounds of Mozart’s Kyrie, K. 341 (368a) or swoon to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings as you wonder when the killer of unboiled cholera-containing water will strike again.
Neurotic Composers on January 14, 2011, at 8 p.m. Turn your sound receptors to the “on” position for an evening of music written by composers noted for their supposed neuroses, quirks, and tics. Conductor Eckart Preu is at the baton for the music of Beethoven, Dvorak, and Mahler, the latter of the three noted for his obsession with death—always a downer at dinner parties.
Mistaken Identities on April 8, 2011, at 8 p.m. Morihiko Nakahara returns to preside over the final concert of the series, featuring the music of Bach, Mozart, and Haydn, among others. The evening explores works by composers that could be confused with the work of another composer. Sift through clues of similar structure, familiar tones, and borrowed melodies.
All three shows take place at the art-deco’d Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, which opened to exuberant fanfare in 1931. Recently restored to reflect the grandeur of its original state, the 1,600-seat theater now breathes with its effervescent murals and a mingle-ready lobby. Within the theater's warm and sharp acoustics, you can hear the second cellist's every eighth-note and the xylophonist silently wondering if he put the garage door down.
Must be redeemed before the first show in November.
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