Two orchestras—the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, and the conductorless orchestra Orpheus—recently launched unusually low-priced ticket offers. The New World Symphony, which launched its first “$2.50” concert in November, has a second round slated to take place on April 3 at the Lincoln Theatre, with three short chamber performances, each costing $2.50. New World Symphony’s 7:30 p.m. concert will feature Copland’s Music for the Theatre; at 8:30 p.m. two wind-quintet works, Ibert’s Three Short Pieces and Barber’s Summer Music, will be heard; and the 9:30 p.m. performance will spotlight Ravel’s String Quartet. For a May 11 Carnegie Hall concert of Ned Rorem’s 11 Songs for Susan, a newly commissioned work featuring Orpheus and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, Orpheus is offering $11 concert tickets from April 11 through 21. The tickets are being offered at, a website that will launch on April 11; the discount and website were made possible by Orpheus trustee Simon Yates and his partner, Kevin Roon. The ticket site also will offer commentary by Rorem and Graham, who have frequently collaborated for performances of Rorem’s works.

Posted April 3, 2009