It is no secret that classical music faces strong headwinds, but one challenge has been reaching gale-force proportions in recent years: high ticket prices. The top ticket costs $495 at the Metropolitan Opera, $295 at Carnegie Hall and $165 at the New York Philharmonic. And while their average prices are much lower — and each offers inexpensive, sometimes free outreach programs — fans and newcomers can feel priced out of performances that often seem more like luxury goods than staples. All of which makes Peoples’ Symphony Concerts a holdout — one of the best deals in New York, a city not exactly known for bargains. The organization, which offers performances by some of the best artists in the world for as little as $8.33 a concert, will open its 120th season on Saturday evening with the Juilliard String Quartet playing Mozart, Britten and Brahms in the auditorium of Washington Irving High School in Manhattan. “We’re primarily able to do it due to the generosity of the musicians, who come and play for a fraction of their normal fees,” said Frank Salomon, 83, who has managed the series for nearly half a century. “The artists believe in the mission. And many… Read full this story
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