Philadelphia Orchestra tickets - such a deal

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.