Peoples’ Symphony Concerts mission is to serve the citizens of the New York area who are on a limited income by presenting classical music performances of the highest caliber at affordable ticket prices.


Today, we offer a set of six-concert series tickets on Saturday evenings for as little as $48, or approximately $8 per ticket and a Sunday afternoon series for as little as $50 or $8.33 per concert, allowing students, families and others the opportunity to hear amazing concerts for less than half the cost of a movie. It is the generosity of the performing artists who play for a fraction of their normal fees that helps Peoples' Symphony Concerts offer world-class concerts in two concert halls with some of the finest acoustics in New York City - Town Hall and the historic Washington Irving High School.


The Peoples’ Symphony Concerts series was founded in 1900 by the conductor Franz Arens, with the purpose of bringing the best music to students and workers for minimum prices.  That winter, more than 7,000 people jammed into the old hall at Cooper Union to hear Mr. Arens, the son of an immigrant farmer, conduct his series of five Peoples' Symphony Concerts.  Subscriptions for the five concerts ranged from $.25 to $1.25 and single tickets went for as little as $0.10 each.  A conducting student in Europe who had been too poor to attend many concerts in his youth, Arens returned to New York determined to find a way to bring music to students, teachers, workers, and others unable to pay normal ticket prices.  Since those early years, hundreds of thousands of Peoples' Symphony Concerts audience members have heard the world's foremost concert artists and ensembles at the lowest admission prices of any major series in the country.

Artist History

View our Artist History, a partial listing of artists by season.


Click here to read The New York Times article on the occasion of our 100th anniversary.
Click here to read an article about Frank Salomon, Peoples' Symphony Concerts manager.


Susan Porter, Chairperson
Richard R. Howe, President
Richard A. Raffetto, Treasurer
Frederick Wertheim, Secretary
Jose Andrade
Lyndsay C. Howard
Stephen V. Murphy
Hartley Rogers
Julia Weidinger


Frank Salomon, Manager
David Himmelheber, Associate Manager
Jeremiah Adriano, Production Manager

Steinway is the official piano
for Peoples' Symphony Concerts