The nation’s oldest orchestra has been facing the same types of problems dogging other world-class orchestras: dropping numbers of subscribers. But that’s been a boon to travelers as far more single-event tickets have been available than ever before. In 2017, Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden took the reins and he’s been programming many performances of film scores, and lots of star power: Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Ax were on the bill in recent performances. Philharmonic tickets range from about $65 to $165, with $20 rush tickets available to students (with ID at pickup, purchased online up to 10 days in advance) and seniors (63 and older, available only at the box office on the day of performance). A number of concerts feature pre-show talks and meet-the-artist events, and tend to be quite intimate and informative. There are also kids’ concerts and free concerts in NYC parks over the summer.
- Pauline Frommer