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Monday, June 28, 2010

New York vacations: Totally cheap, Mostly Mozart Festival

By Vince Font

There’s an unmistakable truth about New York vacations: no matter how much time you spend there, it’s never enough. Even as a seasoned visitor, for every event I attend, ten others pop up to add to the list.

Mostly Mozart Festival. Credit: flickr NRK KORK.

Mostly Mozart Festival. Credit: flickr NRK KORK.

But one of the things I never skip when visiting New york City in the summer is the Mostly Mozart Festival. Trust me,  if you get sleepy at the thought of classical music and think this sounds like a drag, there’s nothing to fear.  I’m a rock-and-roll kinda guy and I don’t own a single classical music CD (unless the soundtrack to “A Clockwork Orange” counts), but the Mostly Mozart Festival keeps reeling me in. This summer, the fest runs from July 27 through August 21.

Apart from inexpensive concert prices (this year’s tickets for the opening night orchestra performance range from $35 to $90), it’s an event where sophisticated aficionados and average-Joe music lovers can rub elbows in a welcoming environment. And it’s not just about Mozart (hence “mostly”). The 2010 Mostly Mozart Festival will pay special musical tribute to the 200th birthdays of Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann. If you’ve never heard of either one of those guys, that’s two more reasons book your New York City vacation before summer’s over.

Vince Font is a freelance writer born in Puerto Rico and currently escaped to Utah. When not dreaming of interstellar travel, he’s on the hunt for weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations. Next stop: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.

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