Sunday, March 14, 2004

Symphony ticket prices will increase



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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ticket prices will be going up for the 2004-05 season to help close the gap in a $1.45 million operating deficit.

Subscriptions to the orchestra's 22-week season will go up 25 percent. For example, an eight-concert series, formerly $84-$346 will be $104-$432.

Single tickets will be priced in a three-tiered structure. The lowest tier, $16.25, will be 25 percent higher than this season. If music director Paavo Jarvi is conducting, tickets will be $17, a 30 percent increase. Jarvi with a famous guest artist, such as violinist Sarah Chang, will cost 35 percent more ($17.50).

Subscriptions will be sold in several packages. The four-concert Sunday afternoon series will start at $58. The five-concert Thursday night series, which has a free dinner buffet, will start at $72.50.

The entire series of 22 concerts will start at $247.50.

Subscribers can opt for Classic Choice coupons, which allow you to use vouchers for any concert. Six vouchers start at $174 and 10 vouchers start at $285.

Subscriptions go on sale Monday. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 9. Information: 381-3300; www.cincinnatisymphony.org.

What do you think of increased ticket prices at the symphony? Let us know. Call Janelle Gelfand at 768-8382 or e-mail: jgelfand@enquirer.com.




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