You must buy a minimum of three tickets (total = $39 @ $13 each) to get the National Symphony seats at this whoppingly discounted price. Although the sales price has gone up a little ($2 each) over recent years, it's still a grand deal!
And there are no handling charges.
No Saturday night seats are available for $13, but there are Thursday nights, some Fridays, and two Friday "coffee concerts" at 11:30 a.m.
The offer ends Feb. 26 and may be withdrawn at any time.
For more dollars ($23 or $33 per ticket) you may purchase "prime orchestra" and "premium orchestra" seats.
What a deal!
All seats are on the orchestra level, and here's the skinny:
Go to nationalsymphony.org/triple play (I've never been able to get it to work) and buy a minimum of three seats and check out, or call 202-416-8500 Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Be sure to mention the "Triple Play" deal.
The sales dates and guest artists are:
Mar. 3 and Mar. 4 (Thursday and Friday eves): Christoph Eschenbach conducting Bruch and two Prokofiev symphonies, with violinist Ray Chen and harpist Adriana Horne.
Mar. 10 and 11 (Thursday eve and Friday morning): Eschenbach conducts works by Brahms and Picker with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet who plays Liszt.
Mar. 31 and April 1 (Thursday and Friday morning): Cristian Macelaru conducting works by Fauré, Jalbert, and Debussy. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider plays Brahms.
April 7 only (Thursday eve): Nikolaj Znaider conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 1, and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor playing Mozart.
April 14 and 15 (Thursday and Friday eves): Hugh Wolff, conducting works by Barber and Ives with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers who will play Bates. The Friday night performance will start at 9 p.m. and feature an abbreviated show and "party" of sorts called DECLASSIFIED: The B-Sides with Mason Bates and "a sampling of his most innovative hits."
April 28 and 29 (Thursday and Friday eves): James Gaffigan conducting works by Rodgers, Dvorák, and Ravel, with Storm Large singing Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins. Another Friday night "party" with abbreviated show starting at 9 p.m.: DECLASSIFIED: Cabaret of Sin with Large and Hudson Shad performing tunes of "a sweet and sultry mix."
May 5 and 6 (Thursday and Friday eves): Andrew Litton conducting Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, and violinist Vadim Gluzman playing Tchaikovsky.
May 12 and 13 (Thursday and Friday eves): Sir James MacMillan conducting Vaughan Williams, three Interludes from MacMillan's own The Sacrifice, and cellist Alban Gerhardt playing Elgar.
June 2 and 3 (Thursday and Friday eves): Eschenbach conducting works by Haydn and Schumann, and violinist Leila Josefowicz who will play Salonen.
June 9 and 10 (Thursday and Friday eves): Eschenbach conducting Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, and Nathalie Stutzmann singing Mahler.
What: The National Symphony Orchestra in concert
Where: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20566
How much: Minimum $39 for three tickets (or $66 or $99). No handling charge.
For more information: 202-416-8500