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Pasadena Symphony makes the discount offer of the year, so to speak

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When the going gets tough in the economy and in the arts, the tough may get gimmicky.

The latest proposition from the Pasadena Symphony is the today-only offer of $20.10 concert tickets for any or all of its three upcoming concerts at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium: Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ (plus Berlioz) on March 20, Dvorak, Rodrigo, Bartok and Mendelssohn on April 10, and all-Beethoven, May 15.

To Culture Monster’s mind, the $1.49 per ticket service fee somewhat compromises the effect – we hope 2159 will be a fine and non-recessionary year, but who among us will ever know, barring healthcare reform beyond anyone’s wildest dreams?

In any case, it’s a chance to take in the tempos of the greats at a price geared to the temper of the times. The offer, by the way, began at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday (02.10.2010) and is good until 2:10 a.m. Thursday for online orders — a span of 20 hours and 10 minutes.

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-- Mike Boehm

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