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Free Fridays at the New York Philharmonic are back!

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Photograph: Chris Lee New York Philharmonic

New York City is absolutely teeming with culture and things to do, but for many young people the cost of living combined with high ticket prices often prohibits them from experiencing said culture. It’s a sort of Catch-22—you move to the city to experience culture but living in the city prevents you from doing so. 

The good folks at the New York Philharmonic understand that experiencing music performed by world class musicians should not be reserved for only the rich, and that’s why they are bringing back their Philharmonic Free Fridays program. 

Starting in September, a selection of tickets will be available for free to people between the ages of 13-26. The online portal will open at noon each Monday and everybody has the opportunity to reserve one ticket to that Friday’s performance. Don’t dilly dally, in previous years tickets have disappeared in a matter of minutes. 

The 2019-20 season kicks off on September 18th with Tony Award Winner Kelli O'Hara singing Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and the world premiere of a Philip Glass piece. 

If your luck doesn’t pan out, or if you’ve had too many birthdays to be eligible for the deal, tickets for the upcoming season at the Philharmonic start at $35. It’s not quite as good of deal as “free,” but seeing a performance at Lincoln Center should be on every New Yorker’s bucket list.