By Rachel Parsons
The Los Angeles Philharmonic is giving away 10,000 tickets in honor of its 100th season which begins in October.
The symphony is partnering with Los Angeles County supervisors to distribute the free tickets throughout the centennial anniversary as a way of thanking the community and ensuring that everyone has equitable access to the arts. The supervisors will distribute tickets through community initiatives that best serve their individual districts, according to the LA Phil.
“This program is about much more than free tickets,” Supervisor Hilda Solis said in a press release. She represents the First District, which includes Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“It’s about openness, respect and equal access that everyone deserves from their great cultural institutions. Thank you to the LA Phil for making arts equity a priority,” she said.
Tickets will be prioritized for those who have never been to Walt Disney Concert Hall or seen the symphony before.
The 100 tickets for each year of the symphony’s history are for a wide range of concerts and genres, including holiday programs, youth concerts, and the LA Phil’s World, Jazz, and Songbook programs.
County supervisors will get allotments of tickets in October and January.
“Our 100th anniversary is the perfect time to recognize that this orchestra, this organization, would not be what they are without Los Angeles,” Simon Woods, CEO of the symphony said in a joint release, and added that the only centennial celebration that made sense for the symphony is “The one where we throw open our doors to people from everywhere in L.A.”