Groups offer $10 Tickets for Performances

by ekramer on January 6, 2009

With the economy in recession, local performing arts groups have decided to offer a discounted tickets for the remainder of the arts season. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Last month, many of the city’s largest performing arts organizations began discussing how to fill more seats when the economy means many people have less disposable income. Today, seven arts groups announced they will make a limited number of $10 tickets available on the day of 70 performances scheduled for this season.

The Kentucky Center is offering $10 tickets for 10 of its performances. Stephen Klein is Center’s president.

“If it actually gets people in to see the shows, if it can create more of an audience for them, that could mean future ticket sales, future contributed dollars, more of a bonding with the arts institutions,” Klein says.

The Louisville Ballet, Stage One and PNC Broadway Across America are participating, but more than 40 performances are from the schedules of Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Orchestra.

Jennifer Bielstein is the managing director at Actors Theatre.

“Even if people cannot afford to pay right now what it really costs us to produce a piece of performing art, we still want them to be able to come to the theater and be here long term when things look better for everybody,” Bielstein says.

Brad Broeker is the orchestra’s CEO. He says the program will make the orchestra affordable to anyone new to classical music or other art forms. He says it could even continue into next year.

“If the public reacts to it in a very positive way and lots of folks come out, it ought to be something we would consider for next year in some form or fashion,” Broeker says.

Since the economy sank into recession, arts groups across the country have faced ticket sales and are looking to retain their audiences.

LIST OF PERFORMANCES

JANUARY 8
The Louisville Orchestra, A Tribute to Oscar
6:30 p.m.,Brown Theatre

JANUARY 9
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Match Games
8 p.m., Bingham Theatre

The Louisville Orchestra, Chase Pops Series
ABBAmania
8 p.m.,Louisville Palace

JANUARY 10
The Louisville Orchestra, A Tribute to Oscar
7:30 p.m., Ogle Center, IUS

JANUARY 16
The Louisville Orchestra, Hilliard Lyons Classics Series
Mozart Symphony No. 35
8 p.m., Brown Theatre

JANUARY 17
The Louisville Orchestra, Hilliard Lyons Classics Series
Mozart Symphony No. 35
8 p.m., Brown Theatre

JANUARY 24
The Louisville Orchestra, Yum! orKIDStra Series
Be Spotted
11 a.m., Brown Theatre

JANUARY 31
Stage One,Brothers of a Common Country: A Story of Abraham Lincoln
5 p.m., Bomhard Theater

Kentucky Center Presents, Tango Fire
8 p.m., Brown Theatre

The Louisville Orchestra, Chase Pops Series
Air Supply
8 p.m., Louisville Palace

FEBRUARY 7
Stage One, Brothers of a Common Country: A Story of Abraham Lincoln
5 p.m., Bomhard Theater

The Louisville Orchestra, Hilliard Lyons Classics Series
Neruda Songs
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

FEBRUARY 13
Louisville Ballet, Hilliard Lyons Cinderella
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

FEBRUARY 14
Louisville Ballet, Hilliard Lyons Cinderella
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

The Louisville Orchestra, Chase Pops Series
Jack Jones
8 p.m., Louisville Palace

FEBRUARY 19
The Louisville Orchestra, Violins and Voodoo
Hardscuffle, Inc., Coffee Classics Series
10:30 a.m., Whitney Hall

FEBRUARY 20
The Louisville Orchestra, Violins and Voodoo
Hilliard Lyons Classics Series
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

Kentucky Center Presents, Annual Mardi Gras Party with Feufollet and Lil’ Nathan
8 p.m., Bomhard Theater

FEBRUARY 25
Kentucky Center Presents, The Pink Floyd Experience
7:30 p.m., Whitney Hall

FEBRUARY 28
The Louisville Orchestra, Yum! orKIDStra Series
The Listener with Magic Circle Mime
11 a.m., Brown Theatre

MARCH 1
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ameriville (preview)
7 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 3
PNC Broadway Across America, Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy
7:30 p.m., Whitney Hall

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ameriville (preview)
7:30 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 4
PNC Broadway Across America, Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy
7:30 p.m., Whitney Hall

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ameriville (opening)
7:30 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 5
The Louisville Orchestra, A Bernstein Salute
6:30 p.m., Brown Theatre

PNC Broadway Across America, Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy
7:30 p.m., Whitney Hall

MARCH 6
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Slasher (preview)
7:30 p.m., Bingham Theatre

Kentucky Center Presents, Joe Bonamassa
8 p.m., Bomhard Theater

MARCH 7
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Slasher (preview)
5 p.m., Bingham Theatre

The Louisville Orchestra, A Bernstein Salute
7:30 p.m., Ogle Center, IUS

Alltech Festival presents Mark Morris Dance Group with the MMDG Music Ensemble
8 p.m., Brown Theatre

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ameriville
9 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 8
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Slasher (opening)
2:30 p.m., Bingham Theatre

PNC Broadway Across America, Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy
6:30 p.m., Whitney Hall

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ameriville
7 p.m., Bingham Theatre

LEO Presents A Little Off Center, Reduced Shakespeare Company: Completely Hollywood (abridged)
7 p.m., Bomhard Theater

MARCH 10
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom (preview)
7:30 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ameriville
7 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 11
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom (preview)
7:30 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Slasher
7:30 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 12
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom (opening)
7:30 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Ameriville
7:30 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 13
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom
8 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

LEO Presents A Little Off Center The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman
8 p.m., Bomhard Theater

MARCH 14
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom
2:30 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, The Hard Weather Boating Party (preview)
5 p.m., Bingham Theatre

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom
8 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Slasher
9 p.m., Bingham Theatre

MARCH 15
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom
2:30 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, The Hard Weather Boating Party (preview)
7 p.m., Bingham Theatre

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Absalom
7:30 p.m., Pamela Brown Auditorium

MARCH 21
Kentucky Opera and The Louisville Orchestra, Iolanta
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

MARCH 26
The Louisville Orchestra, Enchantment with Orchestra Hardscuffle, Inc., Coffee Classics Series
10:30 a.m., Whitney Hall

MARCH 27
The Louisville Orchestra, Enchantment with Orchestra, Hilliard Lyons Classics Series
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

MARCH 28
Stage One, Go, Dog, Go!
2 p.m., Bomhard Theater

Stage One, Go, Dog, Go!
5 p.m., Bomhard Theater

MARCH 31
LEO Presents A Little Off Center, One Night of Queen performed by Garry Mullen and The Works
7:30 p.m., Brown Theatre

APRIL 3
Stage One, Go, Dog, Go!
2 p.m., Bomhard Theater

Louisville Ballet, ReVive’s Rite of Spring
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

APRIL 4
Louisville Ballet, ReVive’s Rite of Spring
2 p.m., Whitney Hall

Stage One, Go, Dog, Go!
2 p.m., Bomhard Theater

Stage One, Go, Dog, Go!
5 p.m., Bomhard Theater

Louisville Ballet, ReVive’s Rite of Spring
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

APRIL 9
The Louisville Orchestra, Shostakovich 6, Hardscuffle, Inc., Coffee Classics Series
10:30 a.m., Whitney Hall

The Louisville Orchestra, Shostakovich 6, Hilliard Lyons Classics Series
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

APRIL 23
The Louisville Orchestra, Symphonie Fantastique, Hardscuffle, Inc., Coffee Classics Series
10:30 a.m., Whitney Hall

APRIL 25
The Louisville Orchestra, Symphonie Fantastique, Hilliard Lyons Classics Series
8 p.m., Whitney Hall

MAY 19
Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m., Whitney Hall

MAY 20
Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m., Whitney Hall

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{ 1 comment }

Mary Beth Oliver February 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Elizabeth Kramer’s January 6th article regarding reduced ticket prices to Louisville arts orgs’ performances makes no mention of how the public can take advantage of the offer.

Who should be called? The Kentucky Center? or each individual performing arts organization?

Please provide details, if available. Thanks.

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