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St. Paul Chamber Orchestra courts college kids with more free tickets

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The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra believes classical music isn't just for old, stuffy elites, but that it can impact people of all ages.

The SPCO said this spring kids can get free tickets concerts in the 2016-17 season, but now they've expanded the offer to anyone with a valid student ID, according to MinnPost.

It's part of the orchestra's New Generation Initiative intended to expand access to concerts for young people.

“We believe our music has the power to inspire, challenge, move and uplift and that everyone, including young people, deserves the opportunity to experience transformational performances, regardless of socio-economic status,” SPCO Managing Director and President Jon Limbacher said in a news release.

The SPCO can give away free tickets through "generous funding from a small group of individual donors," the release notes.

Who gets free tickets?

Kids ages 6-17 can get free tickets as long as they're accompanied by an adult, the SPCO. The limit is four tickets per accompanying adult.

Any student with a valid student ID can start ordering tickets Aug. 9 – a week before they go on sale to the general public, MinnPost notes.

The SPCO is also continuing $10 best available seats for Club 2030, a free club for people in their 20s and 30s.

The free tickets are available for nearly every concert in the season, except holiday performances, co-presentations and select Liquid Music shows, according to the Pioneer Press.

People can order tickets for any concert online using the “child” price type or by calling the Ticket Office at 651-291-1144 and mention that you would like to add free child tickets to your order.

Students can just choose the “student” price type or call our the office to reserve tickets as long as they present a valid student ID at will call to pick up tickets.

Upcoming concerts

The first concert of the season will feature violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and will be held Sept. 9-11 in the Ordway Concert Hall.

The SPCO also announced a new three-part concert series at the Icehouse, a Minneapolis bar. It promises "intimate chamber music performances, specialty cocktails and gourmet American cuisine."

Click here to view a list of all upcoming concerts.

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