Steals and Deals

Friday, January 29, 2010

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.

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Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

First let me inform metropolitan (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) neighbors that the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey located as part of Drew University on its campus at Madison, New Jersey has one of the best year round productions of the full landscape of the BARD Shakespeare's oeuvre plus other great plays of many national heritages.
This Saturday, tomorrow May 15th at 2 PM, the American Landmark Festivals presents the Richard Tauber Day with Joe Pearce, President of the Vocal Records Society and Geoffrey Riggs, vocal historian, announcing registration for the 2011 Tauber Tenor Competition at the President Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site at 28 East 20th Street, between Park Avenue and Broadway in New York City. I will not be able to attend, having three concerts coming up soon, but I URGE all lovers of GREAT singing to attend. A 1936 film, "Forbidden Music" starring Tauber and Jimmy Durante will be shown. The event is FREE.

May. 15 2010 02:41 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

What I did not mention, but should have, in my previous comment, is the rich variety of free concerts, lectures and plays that are presented at the libraries and museums of New York, including the Library of Lincoln Center, in which the Bruno Walter Auditorium has top quality presentations. Also the main library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Frick Museum concerts, the concerts at the J. P Morgan library and Museum with new Gilder Lehman Hall and the famous Central Park and Bronx Park New York Philharmonic and "Met" Opera performances in the summer presenting to tens of thousands free presentations of the greatest artists. Let's not forget the summer New York Shakespeare summer Festival of the Beard's works at the open air Delacorte Theater, started by the Public Theater's founder years ago, Joe Papp. Their free productions are the equal of any Shakespeare performed anywhere!

May. 13 2010 09:08 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Rush tickets for theater productions and Carnegie Hall concerts have long been a tradition well worth proselytizing. Nation-wide in regional theaters the rush tickets have enlarged audiences exponentially by introducing new audiences, who spread the word. Obviously, the best deal in New York is the $20 rush tickets for "Met" Opera performances. Not alone for the talent and, most often, the size of the cast, but also for the sets, when they are GOOD, and the best orchestra in opera. We should not overlook the masterful productions of the conservatories and colleges, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, New York University Tisch, Columbia University McMillan Theater and Hunter College's Auditorium and Danny Kaye Playhouse, where most seats are free, exceptions being their opera productions which are inexpensive.

May. 12 2010 12:06 AM
Bill D

One I would add, the New York Youth Symphony performances at Carnegie hall (the next one I think is early march).They have a ticket policy of 15 bucks for any seat in the house, and you are getting world class music for that price. (Next cycle they are doing Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring", should be interesting)

Jan. 31 2010 12:34 PM

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