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Steals and Deals

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Back in October, we listed the top free (or almost-free) concerts around town. With the opening of a new discount ticket counter for the Lincoln Center theaters, we thought it was time to revisit some of the best deals and steals – not just limited to students and seniors – for classical fans in NYC.

1. The new David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway and West 63rd Street offered $20 tickets to Lincoln Center events over 20 days. That program may just ended, but a discount ticket box office will stock daily deals to the Philharmonic, Alice Tully Hall, and plenty more. The Atrium also plays host to a free Thursday concert series.

2. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. The box office offers $10 public rush tickets to performances such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuel Ax and other world class musicians on the main stage in Stern Auditorium. The tickets can be purchased on the day of the concert when the box office opens.

3. The Metropolitan Opera’s 200 $20 rush tickets inspire opera aficionados and novices in search of a bargain to wait for hours underneath the house for a pair of orchestra seats. And across the plaza at New York City Opera $25 rush tickets are available at 10AM as part of its Opera for All initiative. Minimal waiting required.

4. In our earlier post we mentioned the People’s Symphony Concerts, which stage Carnegie Hall-worthy concerts with ticket prices topping out at $18 (most are either $10 to $12). Next month the group begins it’s Festival Series at Town Hall featuring the Takacs and Artemis quartets.

5. Follow venues on Twitter. Clubs such as Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge frequently advertise discounts, free tickets and spontaneous giveaways--on top of their already reasonably priced shows--in tweets.