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TKTS isn't the only place in town to score inexpensive tickets to theater and performance events.


Updated July 2005

Carnegie Hall Partial-View Seats
How do you go to a concert at Carnegie for next to nothing? A limited number of $10 partial-view tickets are available for performances in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium (excluding Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and galas). Same-day tickets go on sale at the box office beginning at noon, with a limit of two per person. Student/senior rush tickets, also priced at $10, are sold starting at noon on the performance day, until 1 hour before show time. Rush tickets for Weill Recital Hall performances are sold at the box office one hour before the concert. Present valid ID. Cash only.
• 57th St. and 7th Ave.; 212-247-7800;

Carnegie Hall/Citigroup Neighborhood Concert Series
For more than twenty-five years Carnegie Hall has ventured out to the five boroughs, providing free concerts in libraries, shelters, community, cultural, and religious centers. Performances cover a variety of musical styles such as classical, jazz, popular, and folk.
• locations throughout NYC; 212-903-9670;

The Juilliard School
Juilliard's exemplary Music, Drama, Opera, and Dance divisions all put on student performances at little or no cost to the public. Music: All performances free, except for some of those at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall. Drama: Most productions are free. Opera: $20 general admission; $10 students and seniors. Dance: $20 for select productions; $10 students and seniors. All other performances are free. Tickets are required for all performances and can be obtained at the box office beginning two weeks before the show. A standby line forms outside the theater an hour prior to showtime. You may request to be placed on the mailing list for information on a division and its performances.
• 60 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-769-7406;

Lincoln Center
Students can sometimes purchase up to two $20 tickets for the following Lincoln Center programs: Great Performers, Mostly Mozart, American Songbook and certain Lincoln Center Festival events. Call ahead for availability. $10-20 student rush tickets, available for select performances, are sold at the box office daily at 11 a.m. Present valid ID.
• 65th St. and Broadway; 212-875-5050 or

BAM Student/Senior Rush Tickets
The Brooklyn Academy of Music offers $10 tickets to students (full- and part-time under 25 years old) and seniors with valid ID. Tickets for unsold seats may be purchased at the box office 90 minutes prior to showtime. There is a two ticket per person limit. No checks.
• For shows at Harvey Theater, visit the box office at 651 Fulton St.; for shows at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, visit 30 Lafayette Ave.; for ticket availability, call 718-636-4100, ext. 1;

New York Philharmonic
Students, senior citizens (62 and over), and disabled persons are eligible to purchase $10 tickets on the day of select performances. Two tickets per person; sold at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. Call ahead for availability; tickets are not available for Friday matinees or Saturday evening performances.
• 65th St. and Broadway; 212-875-5656 or

Trinity Church - Concerts at One
Sponsors a free, year-round concert series with performances on Mondays at St. Paul's Chapel at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at Trinity Church at 1 pm (During the summer, concerts are held only on Thursdays). Trinity Church alone is worth a visit —it qualifies as a National Historic Landmark.
• Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place (Broadway at Wall St.); St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway (Broadway at Fulton); 212-602-0747;

Joyce Theater
The Joyce Theater hosts performances by a variety of dance companies such as Tap City, Ballet NY, and Hubbard St. Dance. Full-time college students and seniors with current ID can purchase $15 rush tickets at the box office one hour before showtime. Limit of one ticket per person. Cash only.
• 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St.; 212-242-0800;

New York City Ballet
Full-time students under 30 with valid ID are eligible for $12 Student Rush Tickets to select same-day performances. One ticket per person; purchase tickets online or at the New York State Theater box office.
• 63rd St. and Columbus; 212-870-7766;

Metropolitan Opera
Standing room tickets for the following week's performances go on sale Saturday mornings at 10am. To vie with in-the-know standing room regulars, line up outside the Metropolitan Opera Box Office at least an hour in advance. Orchestra standing room tickets sell for $20 and Family Circle for $15, with a limit of one ticket per person for each performance. Extra tickets are sold at the box office until show time. Cash only.

Students (29 and under) may purchase discounted tickets to select Metropolitan Opera performances. Weekday shows are priced at $25 while Friday and Saturday shows go for $35. Tickets must be purchased at the box office with a current student ID and there is a two ticket per student limit.
• 64th St. and Columbus Ave.; 212-362-6000 or

New York City Opera
Students can purchase half-price tickets up to a week in advance at the New York State Theater Box Office, through CenterCharge (212-721-6500), or online at Last-minute Student Rush tickets are also available for same-day performances at $16 with a two icket per student limit. Call the hotline for availability.
• 63rd St. and Columbus Ave.; 212-870-5630 Student Rush hotline;

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