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Philadelphia Orchestra tickets - such a deal

Single tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2012-13 season go on sale Monday at noon. It's a pivotal year for the orchestra (then again, which year in the past 20 hasn't been pivotal?) There's a lot of money to raise and ambitious attendance goals to be met so fund-raisers can show donors that listeners care. It is also the orchestra's first season with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Philadelphia Orchestra tickets - such a deal

Photo: Marco Borggreve
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Single tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2012-13 season go on sale Monday at noon. It's a pivotal year for the orchestra (then again, which year in the past 20 hasn't been pivotal?) There's a lot of money to raise and ambitious attendance goals to be met so fund-raisers can show donors that listeners care. It is also the orchestra's first season with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

To get the ball rolling, the orchestra is offering some incentives. Show up at the Kimmel Center box office noon on Monday to buy tickets, and all processing fees will be waved. The first 150 patrons in line will receive their choice of either a free parking pass (for the Avenue of the Arts garage, 15th and Spruce) for one performance, or two tickets to one of the West Side Story concerts on Oct. 5, 6 and 7.

Free parking doesn't really get my Adrenaline going, but this orchestra in Bernstein's score promises potential for some real poetry. The conductor is David Newman, who wrote the music for War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, Heathers, and Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. He also happens to be the son of classic Hollywood composer Alfred Newman.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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