Choice of Three National Symphony Orchestra Classical Performances, Prime-Orchestra Section, Starting 2/28/13
Listening to a symphony lets you peer into the mind of a genius without deciphering chalkboards full of equations or sticking a telescope in Stephen Hawkingâ€™s ear. View the work of a master with this GrouponLive deal to see the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center. For $75, you get one ticket for seating in the prime-orchestra section at any three classical performances of the 2012â€"13 season, starting on February 28 (a $177 value).
For the 2012â€"13 season, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach hews true to the National Symphony Orchestraâ€™s illustrious 81-year history. Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax drops by in the spring for Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 2 (April 4â€"6). Recently praised by the Seattle Times for his "sheer humanity" that seems to "enfold every listener in a metaphorical embrace," Ax brings life to the early piece with a musicality gained over a half-century of playing and a steady diet of ground-up Fantasia VHS tapes. A beautiful example of the traditional concerto form, the piece opens with an extended orchestral introduction before the piano makes an entrance with a grumbling downward scale, segueing into a mysterious, delicate theme that interweaves with gentle string accents.
Later in the year, Pulitzer-winning modern composer John Adams picks up the baton to conduct his recent jazz-infused City Noir (May 30â€"June 1). City Noir, inspired by the seedy, shadow-filled movie genre of its title, earned Adams praise from the New York Times after its 2009 debut, with the Grey Lady lauding his facility at "piling up materials in thick yet lucid layers."
This Groupon is not valid for NSO Pops or special-events concerts.