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The acoustically marvelous Megaron Mousikis Concert Hall, 89 Leoforos Vas. Sofias (tel. 210/729-0391 or 210/728-2333; www.megaron.gr; Metro: Megaro Mousikis), hosts a wide range of classical music programs that include operas symphonies, and recitals. On performance nights, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and Sunday from 6 to 10:30pm. Tickets are also sold Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm in the Megaron's convenient downtown kiosk in the Spiromillios Arcade, 4 Stadiou. Ticket prices run from 5€ to as much as 100€, depending on the performance. The Megaron has a limited summer season but is in full swing the rest of the year.

The Greek National Opera performs at Olympia Theater, 59 Akadimias St. (tel. 210/361-2461; www.nationalopera.gr; Metro: Panepistimio). The indoor opera season runs from November to May. During the summer months the company plays at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and occasionally tours the country and/or abroad.

Pallas Theater, 5 Voukourestiou (tel. 210/321-3100; www.ticketshop.gr; Metro: Syntagma), hosts jazz and rock concerts, as well as some classical performances in a stunning space, restored to its former glory in the CityLink building. Prices vary from performance to performance, but you can get a cheap ticket from about 10€.

The Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias between Kolonaki and Omonia squares (tel. 210/362-9886; www.hau.gr; Metro: Panepistimio), often hosts performances of English-language theater and American-style music (tickets 10€ and up). If you arrive early, check out the art shows or photo exhibitions in the adjacent gallery.

The Athens Center, 48 Archimidous (tel. 210/701-8603; www.athenscentre.gr), often stages free performances of ancient Greek and contemporary international plays in June and July. It is behind the Panethinaiko Stadium (old Olympic Stadium).

At the National Theater, 22-24 Agiou Konstantinou (tel. 210/522-3242; www.n-t.gr; Metro: Omonia), you will find a variety of shows from classical theater to musicals in a beautiful neoclassical building. Tickets range from 15€ to 20€.

Since 1953, Dora Stratou Folk Dance Theater has been giving performances of traditional Greek folk dances on Filopappos Hill. At present, performances take place May through September, Tuesday through Sunday at 9:30pm, with additional performances at 8:15pm on Wednesday and Sunday. You can buy tickets at the box office, 8 Scholio, Plaka, from 8am to 2pm (tel. 210/921-4650 after 5:30pm; www.grdance.org; Metro: Acropolis). Tickets are 15€. Tickets are also available at the theater before the performances. The program changes every 2 or 3 weeks.

The Onassis Cultural Center, 107-109 Syngrou Ave. (tel. 210/178-0000; www.sgt.gr), hosts events, theater, visual art, and music performances.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.