Whenever FlyBy goes to symphony concerts, it is always distressing to see a slew of gray- and white-haired heads in front of FlyBy—and very few young people.  It is also distressing to hear one's hometown classical music station begging for donations, explaining (subtly but not) that their fundraising base is literally dying off.

So now that the BSO is offering $20 (i.e. dirt-cheap) tickets for people under 40, don't judge. Like newspapers, symphony orchestras either have to beg on their knees for young people to dish out at least some money, or they may die along with their patronage base.

This turns out to be more convenient than free concerts under the $25 BSO College Card, because for that, you would have to trek all the way to the box office on the day of the concert to see if they actually have tickets available for that night. For this new deal, which was made possible by an anonymous (elderly?) donor, you can actually buy tickets online and show your photo ID when you're picking up your tickets at the door.

This symphony season, FlyBy is not going to lie, looks pretty sweet. Some of the most memorable pieces being performed this year are listed after the jump.

Mozart's Requiem, Tues., Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.

Beethoven's complete symphonies (all nine of them), in three parts in late October and early November

Brahms' violin concerto (performed by Joshua Bell), in late November

Dvorak's Symphony No. 8, in early December

Brahms' Symphony No. 4, in early February

Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, in mid-March

Mahler's Symphony No. 7 ("Song of the Night"), in early April

Beethoven's Leonore Overture and Piano Concerto No. 4 (performed by Emanuel Ax), in late April and early May

Get cultured!

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