About, oh, four years ago, my family took a trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. My mother has a thrill ride tolerance level hovering in the range of .2, so much of the time she was doomed to sit and wait while one or more of the other of us rode a roller coaster.
For those of you who have never been to this particular theme park, it is divided into different countries, mostly in their early periods, and one of them is England. To set the mood, they loop Handel through the speaker system, mostly Water Music and Music For the Royal Fireworks. My mother, sitting with our bags waiting for us to get off of one ride or another, would be subjected to these same pieces over and over and over and over. No one loves classical music more than she does, but to this day whenever one of those masterworks hits the radio she mentions her auditory water torture experience.
The rest of us, however, have no such qualms, and as such are free to enjoy the BSO’s Royal Fireworks Music casual concert. It’s at 11 am on Saturday, January 16, at the Meyerhoff, and also includes a Vivaldi oboe concerto and a Bach orchestral suite. If you come early you can even buy coffee and pastries to enhance your morning.
Best part, though, is that they’re offering a student discount. If you show up with your student ID, your ticket is $10. I kid you not. As far as I can tell this offer is not available online, so you’ll have to buy your ticket at the box office the morning of. For more info and to buy different or additional tickets for non-students, click here.