DETROIT (WWJ) – Gas prices keep climbing, but the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is actually cutting concert ticket prices by as much as 53 percent.

DSO President Anne Parsons said times are tough, so they want to make it more affordable for people to come to Orchestra Hall.

“There will be a fantastic student program that Leonard Slatkin has initiated. We have a $25 price for floor orchestra seats. That’s the first time we’ve ever been able to offer orchestra seats for $25, that’s the big news. They will be a range and subscriptions will be on sale starting in two weeks,” Parsons said.

Tickets for next season will range from $15 for balcony to $100 dollars the best box seats.

DSO executives are hopeful the reduction in ticket price will help the orchestra balance their budget, as other orchestras that have cut prices report higher attendance rates and more donations.

Parsons said the DSO has seen a big increase in attendance since April, when the DSO started offering $20 tickets to welcome patrons back after the musicians finally ended their long six month strike.

Beginning with the 2011-12 classical season opening in October, single ticket prices will be reduced by as much as 53 percent in some categories and will range from $15 to $50, a significant reduction from the previous range of $19 to $71. Over half of all tickets will be available at $25 or less.

Beginning in September, a new $25 Student All-Access Pass will provide students with admittance to all DSO concerts at Orchestra Hall.

2011-12 single ticket prices are:

  • $15 – Upper Balcony – 21% discount
  • $25 – Students – All DSO concerts (classical, pops, and jazz)
  • $25 – Mid-Balcony – 31% discount
  • $25 – Main Floor B – 53% discount
  • $50 – Main Floor A – 17% discount
  • $50 – Dress Circle – 30% discount
  • $100 – Box Level – 19% discount

Season tickets go on sale on May 23. For more information and to purchase tickets for DSO performances, visit

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