Although the phrase "face the music" has taken a negative connotation, it was originally a playful challenge to Victorian-era audiences, who attended concerts blindfolded and with their backs turned to the stage. Embrace classical music head-on with today's Groupon: for $22, you get one ticket to “Sibelius' Grand Landscapes” at the Spokane Symphony (a $44 value). Performances are held at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Tickets purchased with today's deal are good for seats in the prime orchestra and loge seating sections. Choose between the following dates:
- Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m.
Now in its 65th year, the 70-piece Spokane Symphony performs for more than 150,000 sonata supporters in the Pacific Northwest each season, powerfully reciting the works of several treble-clef-crazed composers. "Sibelius' Grand Landscapes" compiles classic works by four renowned melody makers—Maurice Ravel, Wolfgang Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, and Jean Sibelius. Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin eschews funereal tones to energetically elegize his French countrymen lost during World War I, and Symphony no. 25 is one of two symphonies that Mozart composed in a minor key. Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave recalls the composer’s time vacationing in Scotland in 1829, though the oil-and-canvas caricature of him riding a velocipede with Andrew Jackson is still lost to the ages. Sibelius's Symphony no. 3 fills three movements with instruments playing at the low end of their range and dynamic stretches of call-and-response that create a musical dialogue between different sections of the orchestra.
The performance takes place at the art deco’d Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, which originally 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, sharp acoustics, you can hear the second cellist's every eighth note and the xylophonist silently wondering if he put the garage door down.
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