Today I want to share with everyone Alex Ross’ incredibly thorough list of orchestras around the world and their offer for patrons with slim budgets. Certainly worth the reading if you live close to one!


Here are few of the entries:

New York:

Metropolitan Opera: $25 weekend tickets, $20 rush tickets

New York Philharmonic: $18 open rehearsals, $12.50 student rush tickets

Carnegie Hall: If you’re in the 20-40 age range, for $20 you can get a year-long membership in Carnegie’s Notables program, providing access to $20 tickets.

Frick Collection: All concerts $30/$25


Boston Symphony: The $25 College Card gives you free tickets on many nights each season; the high-school card is only $10; and there are high-school open rehearsals.

Boston Lyric Opera: 50% off student tickets


Chicago Lyric Opera: $20 student tickets available by signing up

Chicago Opera Theater: $15 student tickets available by signing up

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: $10 student tickets

Detroit / Ann Arbor:

The University Musical Society in Ann Arbor offers $10 rush tickets and other discounts.

The Detroit Symphony has a $25 student pass, giving unlimited access to all classical, pops, and jazz concerts each season.


Houston Symphony: $12 and 50% off student tickets

Dallas Symphony: $10-25 student rush tickets; also a $99Impromptu deal, giving you unlimited access to a Thursday and Friday series throughout the season

Houston Grand Opera: $12.50 NEXUS program

Fort Worth Opera: 50% off for students and military

Southern California:

LA Phil: $10-20 student and senior rush tickets; also, a five-for-$50 deal on the orchestra’s pathbreaking Green Umbrella new-music series

LA Opera: student rush tickets available, prices not given

LA Chamber Orchestra: $10 student rush

Pacific Symphony: $10 student tickets

La Jolla Music Society: $10 rush student tickets

La Jolla Symphony: $15 student tickets

Northern California (with thanks to Lisa Hirsch):

SF Symphony: $20 rush tickets

SF Opera: $25 student and senior rush tickets and other discounts


Seattle Opera: $20 student rush tickets, $5 teen tickets, various other discounts

Seattle Symphony: $10 student tickets; free companion tickets for kids aged 8-18; various free ticket progams through community groups

Portland Opera: $10 rush tickets for students, seniors, military

Other American orchestras:

Cleveland: $10 student tickets

St. Louis: $10 student tickets or a 5-for-$55 deal

Nashville: $10 college-student tickets

Atlanta: $12 student tickets

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra: $10 tickets for age 20-39; $10 student rush; $3 off senior discount

Minnesota Orchestra: $12 student tickets; other discounts

Other American opera companies:

Kansas City Opera: $15 student tickets

Cincinnati Opera: $12 student rush


Montreal Symphony: $25 student tickets; $15 for ages 15-30

Toronto Symphony: Their innovative tsoundcheck program offers $14 tickets to people aged 15-15, whether they are students or not.


LSO: Student tickets from £6 and a rewards program for bringing other students

London Philharmonic: Student tickets from £1-4; £8 for under 26

City of Birmingham Symphony: £5 student rush tickets; discount standby tickets also available

Royal Opera House at Covent Garden: Discounts available for students, people under 18, and others

English National Opera: Various student and under-30 discounts


Berlin Philharmonic: Standing room tickets starting at 7€

Berlin Staatsoper: Various discounts

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Judgendclub discounts


Rest of Europe:

La Scala: Major discounts in the Under 30 program

Helsinki Philharmonic: 6€ student tickets and other discounts

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: 10€ rush tickets for under-28



Do not miss the whole thing, it is worth the time. To see Alex’s full article, please visit his blog: The Rest is Noise.



Alex Ross guide to inexpensive concert seats
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  • Saturday October 10th, 2015 at 01:38 PM

    The links to both NY Met and San Francisco opera show “page not found.” It appears, at least in the case of SF opera, that they have discontinued Rush Ticket policy.


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