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Free (or Cheap!) Concerts in NYC

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Autumn will soon turning into winter, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of free summer shows is disappearing.

Columbia University regularly hosts free, hour-long lunchtime concerts in the cozy reading room of Philosophy Hall. This season, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, violinist Jennifer Koh, and pianist Benjamin Hochman focus on Bach.

On the first Saturday evening of each month, the Brooklyn Museum turns into the city’s premier (free!) cultural playground, where live music is married with the art on display.

Check out the stars of tomorrow at the free concerts given by Juilliard students, whose artistic range is breathtaking.

For only $10 to $12 a ticket, People’s Symphony Concerts stages performances by such marquee artists as the Juilliard Quartet, Richard Goode, and Yefim Bronfman as well as an array of thrilling young musicians.

The organization High 5 sells $5 tickets to cultural programs for teens between the ages of 13 and 18. Currently on tap: tickets to the New York Philharmonic, the 92nd St. Y, and Bargemusic.