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 “Vladimir Feltsman's Brahms 2” at the Spokane Symphony (a $44 value, including $2 historic preservation fee). Performances are held at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, and tickets purchased with today's deal are for seats in the Prime Orchestra and Loge seating sections. Choose one of the following dates:
- Saturday, October 23, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, October 24, 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. In "Vladimir Feltsman's Brahms 2", acclaimed pianist Vladimir Feltsman serenades concertgoers with Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto no. 2—which, unlike most sequels, didn’t rely on bigger explosions, skimpier outfits, and slicker catchphrases to win over audiences. Bohuslav Martinu's Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani and Antonin Dvorak's melodious Symphony no. 5 complement the titular work, forming a three-pronged symphonic phalanx that will ensnare the audience in auditory awe. Throughout the evening, Eckart Preu, the orchestra’s music director, will serve as conductor, waving his baton menacingly as a warning to all musicians who should strike a false note or stick a wad of gum under their chair.
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.