If you only want to attend one performance, you don’t have a lot of options, ticketwise, and the seats in the Washington Irving High School gym can be incredibly uncomfortable. Still, nowhere else on earth are you going to be able to hear world-class musicians such as the Johannes String Quartet, the Parnas-Serkin Trio, Yefim Bronfman, and Richard Goode for less than $6 (if you buy a subscription) than at the People’s Symphony Concerts. Their Festival Series at Town Hall is even more exciting, and can be enjoyed for less than $10 per ticket (assuming you buy a subscription). Subscriptions save you a lot of money (if you go to most performances), but besides the savings, it’s a way to make sure that you get tickets at all to the Festival series, which almost always sells out well in advance.
Peoples’ Symphony Concerts Information
- Venues: Washington Irving High School, 16th Street and Irving Place; Town Hall, 43rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
- Public Transportation: Very good (For Washington Irving High School: Subway lines L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, and 6 at 14th Street/Union Square and buses M1–M3, M14, M101, M102 and M103. For Town Hall: Subway lines N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, and 3 at 42nd Street/Times Square; the 7, B, D, F, and M at 42nd Street/Bryant Park; and buses M1–M5, M7, M20, M42, and M104)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 12 annually
- Ticket Prices: $12 and $15 for the Arens and Manns series concerts (plus $1 online fee); $12, $15, and $20 for the Festival series (available only on the day of the performance)
- Subscriptions: Offered per series at the following prices: Arens $33, Manns $33, Festival $37 or $56. With six concerts each, the Arens and Manns provide unreserved orchestra seats. The Festival subscription offers assigned seating and ticket costs reflect seat location. Subscribers save almost 50% compared to single ticket prices.