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Editorial: A taste of the classics, for free

We wrote last week about the need to engage young people in the world of classical music – not only as instrumentalists themselves but as enthusiastic audience members. After all, today’s young professional musicians often play before audiences made up nearly exclusively of senior citizens. Who will be around to listen to tomorrow’s talented classical artists?

Yesterday, Symphony NH, based in Nashua, announced a plan that might help parents get beyond what can be a real hurdle to introducing their children to the classics: cost. Starting this fall, the symphony will offer free tickets to children from ages 5 to 15 when they’re accompanied by an adult paying the regular price. The deal is good for all the orchestra’s 2013-14 subscription concerts. Students between 16 and 21 receive a reduced price: $12 per ticket.

In announcing the offer, Eric Valliere, executive director of the symphony, noted the desire to draw younger adults to the concerts and that the free tickets will allow parents to attend without adding the cost of a babysitter to the price of their tickets.

The fall lineup includes performances of masterworks by Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more. Why not take the kids?

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