How to Buy Cheap Classical Music Tickets in NYC

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Your guide to affordable classical music concerts.

For lovers of classical music in NYC, we've compiled some tips on how to save money and still get your fill of Bach, Mozart, and all the rest of your favorite composers.

Student Rush
Many NYC classical concert venues offer high school and college students discounted tickets to their shows. The New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall offer tickets for $10 to $18, if you just show your student ID at the box office. For more info, check out and

Regular rush tickets for non-students are available as well. Depending on the venue, rush tickets can be offered online and/or at the box office. The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, NYC Ballet, and Lincoln Center all offer rush tickets ranging from $10–$35.

Group Discounts
Group discounts are a great option if you are bringing a large group of friends or family to a NYC classical music event. Depending on the venue’s policies, group discounts can apply to groups of 10 or more. Check out different group discount policies for venues with classical performances, like Carnegie Hall.

Tickets with Obstructed Views
If you’re willing to sacrifice seeing part of the stage, seats with obstructed viewing may be the right route for you to find discounted seats. Seats with partial viewing can be nearly half the original price at a NYC classical concert.

Sign up for a membership program at a NYC venue or classical music program to receive coupons and discounts for multiple performances. Memberships email you first about upcoming productions and provide opportunities for cheaper tickets.

Military/Senior Citizen Discounts
Many NYC venues provide discounts for those who have served our country and for those who are senior citizens. Proper ID can help you and those around you receive cheaper tickets for an enjoyable show.

Free Concerts
Multiple NYC venues host free classical music concerts outside and indoors throughout all five boroughs. Places across the city like Central Park and Lincoln Center host concerts on a first come, first served. Check out some of Lincoln Center’s free classical concerts here.

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