Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ways to see the BSO for Cheap

Get cultured for a fraction of the regular price! You don't have a pay a lot to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It's a fact that $9 rush tickets are on the day of the performance (if available). If you're under 40, there's a deal to reserve a pair of tickets for $20 each (+$5.50 fee) to most concerts through May 1. You can choose the orchestra or balcony level, and you'll get the best available seats.

Tonight is the first of several upcoming all-Mozart programs, and one could say our maestro James Levine knows his Mozart. Over 20 years ago, he recorded every Mozart symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic.

For the fans of "Project Runway", it's also the first night of "Project Mozart". Eleven fashion students from MassArt, Lasell College, and Mount Ida College were given $150 to create eveningwear inspired by Mozart.

Models are going to wear the dresses before the concert tonight and the following two Thursday concerts. (Doors open at 6:30pm, so you can check out the fashion before the music at 8pm.) A panel of local fashion experts will choose the winner after the concert on THUR 2/19 who'll receive a Bloomingdales shopping spree complete with a personal shopper.

Another cheap BSO option is the "Open Rehearsal" for $19 general admission seats. The next one is WED 2/25 for "Ravel, Liszt and Dvorak".


While there is no dress code for Boston Symphony and Boston Pops performances, patrons generally wear semi-formal or business attire. Formal attire is requested on some occasions, including Opening Night at Symphony and Opening Night at Pops.
Give yourself some time away from the Mozart models for the pre-concert talk from 6:45pm to 7:15pm to give some background and context. Symphony Hall is just an Orange Line ride away...

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