Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s Groupon: for $25 you get one orchestra-seat ticket to see Arturo Sandoval at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. (a $50 value).
Renowned Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who has received four Grammy awards and six Billboard awards, lacquers his audience's eardrums with genre-hopping performances that range from classical to bebob. After mastering the classical style during the beginning stages of his career, Sandoval repurposed his horn for jazz, using the valves to create improvisational glissandos and adding a Mustang-V8 engine to the bell. Revel in the expansive soundscape as he exemplifies these jazz chops and peforms an eclectic range of other tunes, including Afro-Cuban creations inspired by his homeland and some of Mozart's concertos. Unsatisfied with relying upon just a single instrument, the artist will also tickle the piano keys and flugel-horn valves, which yield much nicer sounds than tickling a bobcat.
The Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre is an all-orchestra-seating venue boasting a roomy stage and professional light and sound systems. The theater is well known for superior sightlines and sound-bouncing acoustics and has installed a two-story lobby and adjacent courtyard in case wandering audience members feel the urge to mount impromptu performances of Romeo and Juliet or Titanic 2.