Attending cultural events in New York City can be quite expensive. Luckily there are many ways to purchase discounted tickets for the fine arts.
If you are spontaneous and can wait for day-of discounts to Lincoln Center (http://lc.lincolncenter.org/) you must join the mailing list for Atrium Discount Tickets (http://atrium.lincolncenter.org/index.php/day-of-discount-tickets). This newsletter will send you updates detailing the day-of discounted tickets, free Atrium events and Target Free Thursday events. The discounts will vary by performance and there is a 4 ticket per person limit when purchasing tickets in the atrium. The David Rubenstein Atrium sells discounted tickets for all of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations and the ticket booth is open Tuesday through Sunday. The Atrium has staff that can provide you with information regarding Lincoln Center’s events and if you decide to purchase a full price ticket there are kiosks within the Atrium to do so.
A great way to save money on the arts is by purchasing a subscription to your favorite symphony or orchestra. A subscription offers discounts for purchasing the season of concerts along with subscriber only benefits that can include access to the artists, previews to upcoming performances and cocktail parties.
An organization that does a fantastic job with their subscribers is The Riverside Symphony (http://www.riversidesymphony.org/). They are one of New York’s most admired ensembles. The Riverside Symphony performs rarely heard orchestral compositions by the masters, presents world-class young soloists and it commissions and records important new works. A seasonal subscription includes tickets to 3 concerts, free admission to their popular Salon Series (which features music, a discussion and wine and cheese), advance program notes to the concerts and other surprises throughout the season.
Another great way to save money on the arts is to subscribe to Culture Radar (http://www.cultureradar.com/). It is a wonderful listing of the best cultural events taking place in New York City. If you sign up for their deal alerts newsletter you will be given access to the most interesting concerts, shows and museum events.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center (http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/55/calendar) offers a full calendar of performances throughout the year. These events are free and in addition to concerts
New Yorkers can attend lectures, panel discussions, master classes, readings and screenings. It is a great way to support new and emerging artists.
There are so many cultural events in New York; these newsletters and discounts will help you take advantage of the best the city has to offer.