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October 5, 2012

BSO, Concert Artists offer 'passports' to younger demographic

A demographic highly coveted by most performing arts organizations — ages 21 to 40 — is getting fresh offers this season from the Baltimore Symphony and Concert Artists of Baltimore.

Priced at $75, the “BSO Passport” will provide unlimited admission to 90 percent of the orchestra’s concerts for the remainder of the 2012-13 season at both Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

Passport holders will be given the best available seats the day of the performance.

“We recognized that, like many orchestras around the country, we were not adequately serving the young professional age-demographic,” said Eileen Andrews, the BSO’s vice president of marketing and communications.

“The BSO Passport seeks to bridge that gap and cater to the busy professional’s lifestyle needs.”

The passport will be on sale from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 for those 40 or younger. Sales of passports and tickets will be handled only online, but tickets must be picked up in person with the passport and valid ID at the box office. Passport holders may purchase guest tickets for $25.

To mark its 26th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore recently introduced ...

the “26 Club Passport,” which offers admission to all nine of the ensemble's concerts for $26. The passport is available to those age 26 or younger.

The concept of a season pass of some kind -- long popular among museums -- has been gradually spreading in classical music circles across the country.

Great deals out there include one rolled out last year in Michigan, where the Detroit Symphony Orchestra now offers a student card that provides access to unlimited concerts all season long for a one-time fee of $25; 1,300 of the cards have been sold. UPDATE: As a reader has pointed out, another terrific example, closer to home, is the Philadelphia Orchestra, which also offers a $25 pass for students; access to more than 80 concerts is included.

Posted by Tim Smith at 9:32 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: BSO, Clef Notes, Marin Alsop


Philly also has a student season pass for $25

Baltimore Chamber Orchestra continues to offer ALL Students Free All the Time for its concerts (sponsored by T. Rowe Price). Visit for concert information.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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