Friday Freebies: In addition to the annual free outdoor summer concert series in NYC parks, the New York Philharmonic offers FREE tickets to Friday performances – but only to young people aged 13-26. It’s an effort to introduce the next generation to the wonders of Beethoven, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Strauss and other classical favorites.
There are just 100 free tickets for young people available for each Philharmonic Free Fridays concert. Tickets are normally priced between $50 and $169.
Free tickets for today’s concert at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall (formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall) are already gone, but if you are interested in free tickets for the rest of the season, here’s what you need to know:
Online reservations open at about noon on the Monday before each Philharmonic Free Fridays concert. Here’s the link for reservations. Tickets are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis—one ticket per person, and the online sign-up closes when the 100 available tickets have been reserved.
Your reserved ticket can be picked up with a valid ID at the box office in David Geffen Hall on the day of the concert. Pick up tickets between 5:30 and 7:30pm for concerts that begin at 8pm, or between 5:00 and 7:00pm for concerts that begin at 7:30 pm. If you do not pick up your ticket at least 30 minutes before the start of the concert, the NY Philharmonic may release it.
The next Philharmonic Free Friday concert is Friday, Dec. 11, featuring the music of Beethoven and Strauss. See the entire concert schedule here. Reservations open Monday.