What You'll Get
While 20 percent of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100 percent of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Give your child a head start with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one ticket to the Columbia Orchestra's "Creation and Destruction" performance (up to a $20 value) on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia.
Join the Columbia Orchestra, under the baton of music director Jason Love, as it closes out its 33rd concert season with "Creation and Destruction", a program exploring the beaming joys and tumultuous sorrows of the human spirit. The program kicks off with Radiohead's “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” before bathing audiences in the sound waves of minimalist composer John Adams' "Batter My Heart" from his 2005 opera Doctor Atomic, which follows the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer as he copes with the burden of choosing between two similarly appealing auto-insurance companies. A cadre of 52 string instruments conjures the monolithic swirl of Krzysztof Penderecki's Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, before the Orchestra is joined by members of the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County in a performance of selections from Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation.
Seating is first come, first served for Groupon customers, but all ticket-holders are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a free preconcert discussion. The forum includes interesting insights into the evening's music, as well as composer backgrounds, suggested wine pairings for each piece, and instructions on how to properly clap with one hand.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 4, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.