Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with todays GrouponLive deal to see the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. For $12, you get one ticket for main-floor seating (up to a $26 value). Choose from the following concerts:
Symphonic Dances, performed at the following times:
Vive la France!, performed at the following times:
Ravel and Shostakovich, performed at the following times:
Since 1930, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has drawn baton-bearers from around the world to lead its professional musicians in aural artistry. Finnish maestra Susanna Malkki takes the podium for Symphonic Dances, which ventures beyond the Rachmaninoff piece that gives the program its name to culminate in a monumental rendition of the Latin hymn "Dies irae" and a quick reprise of the Pig Latin hymn "Les-day Irae-ay." Jun Markl takes a break from his duties leading the Leipzig Radio Symphony and adjusting its temperamental dials to bring audiences an evening of French composers in Vive la France! with work by Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Debussy, and Ravel.
Charismatic Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski hits the keys in Ravel and Shostakovich, demonstrating the "formidable technique and energy to spare" that the New York Times has noted in his past performances. After his rendition of Ravel's shimmering Piano Concerto, the Indianapolis Symphony's new music director, Krzysztof Urbanski, tackles Shostakovich's profound, heart-wrenching Symphony no. 10, composed to communicate his deepest emotions to his distant pet canary. The neoclassical Hilbert Circle Theatre's columns and pastoral mural wrap around an auditorium designed to evoke elements of ancient Greece and Rome, further elevating the proceedings and making off-course hoplites feel at home.
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