ISO deep discounts tickets

January 6, 2009
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For this post, I turn the blog over to IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin.

If you thought car salesmen had the lock on limited-time offers and blowout prices, check the blue light flashing over Hilbert Circle Theatre. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is offering tickets to any remaining classical or pops series concert for $25 each. (They usually go for as high as $73.) The tickets must be purchased between Sunday, Jan. 11, through midnight on Jan. 20.

“Hey, we’re trying to stimulate this economy,” spokeswoman Jessica DiSanto said. In all seriousness, DiSanto said symphony officials began thinking last fall about ways to spark ticket sales during the typically slow month of January.

She said this is the first time the ISO has made such a broad-based special offer: 10 days, $25, everything left in the Lilly Classical Series and Printing Partners Pops Series. (The offer does not apply to special events, such as Art Garfunkel’s appearance on April 18.)

So, you ask, what’s left?

After a little browsing, I discovered that you will have to act fast to snag a true bargain. DiSanto tells me that the blockbuster classical show this season will be pianist Andre Watts performing Rachmaninoff’s Second on March 6 and 7. Pickings are slim for the first date, but many main floor seats, which normally go for $45 each, are available on Saturday, March 7.

While we’re on the topic of cheap seats, the ISO’s next “happy hour” concert is coming up on Jan. 15. General admission seats are $20 each, or buy three, get one free. Are you starting to detect a theme?

Doors open at 5 p.m. with free food and drink from Starbucks, Oceanaire, 14 West, Vito’s on Penn, Adobo Grill, Chef’s Academy, and Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, plus pre-concert entertainment by the Stacie Sandoval Tropical Jazztet. After the show, ISO’s young professionals group will host a part at Adobo Grill, featuring drink specials.

Oh, and the music? Sean Newhouse conducts “Larger Than Life,” a program of popular classical works and film scores about mythical legends and heroes. --Kathleen McLaughlin

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  • Makes sense and we will probably attend a few additional concerts just due to the special offer. The issue of attracting the younger crowd is on every ARTS related organizations agenda. The IRT has done a nice job so far with some of it's outreach and play-specific events geared to providing a more attractive venue sensitive to the newer generations interests and lifestyles. Let's face it, the future of the ARTS lies in the extent to which the younger folks find it interesting and meaningful. My expereince tells me this is often the outcome once they have been to a play or a concert or other art event, getting them to decide to go is the important think whatever it takes!
  • Especially in these difficult times, let's do what we can to support the arts folks!
  • We all have our price. While the ISO has many fine offerings, I won't pay $48 to $73 per seat. My spouse even baulks at movie theater prices.My teenage son enjoys it fairly well, but not $48 worth of enjoyment. I have, however, jumped with both feet on specials they've offered before - $25 for any seat to see Time for Three, a 2 for one for answering a survey... I will probably scrutinize their events again and see what deals we can find!
  • Sue B - I agree. I won't pay and can't afford that much a seat, but I love going to Symphony on the Prairie because it's in my price range. I very rarely go to other concerts because I think the ticket prices are getting out of hand. $40 is my cutoff price for rock - type concerts, and really I mostly go to those shows in the $30 range. I think this is a great offer from ISO and plan to take advantage!
  • This is clearly self-promotion, but when the discussion turns to ticket prices, I have to mention that the subscription series offered by the Pike Performing Arts Center offers professional touring shows at prices of only $24 and $20, with discounts for seniors and students. I think we offer a little something for everybody - a '50s era Buddy Holly/Ritchie Valens/BigBopper tribute show, BodyVox contemporary dance company and Riders In The Sky are our remaining shows, plus comedian Heywood Banks. Our parking is free and the theatre is easily accessible from any part of town.

    Jeff Maess
    Pike Performing Arts Center
  • To me, at the symphony the quality of the seat is paramount. I don't want bad seats no matter how low the cost. I'll just download the work in question, pop in a CD, or otherwise listen at home instead. On the other hand, I'm willing to pay for top seats too.

    If Dress Circle is really going to be on sale for $25, I'm going to town.

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