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BSO introduces $25 season pass for college students

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, like arts groups everywhere, wants to draw in a younger crowd. This season, the BSO is making it even easier for college students to get in on the action -- a new product called "BSO Student Select."

For a one-time payment of $25, students can attend as many concerts as they like during the whole 2013-14 season. (The Detroit Symphony had success with this kind of product a few seasons ago.)

A few "premium events" are excluded, but orchestra officials say that still leaves about 90 percent of the scheduled concerts. BSO Student Select card-holders will be seated in the best sections available the day of the performance.

The pass can be used at both BSO homes, Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore and Strathmore in North Bethesda.

But wait -- there's more. Admission to post-performance parties on BSO College Nights, offered four times during the season, is also included in the deal.

For those of college age used to buying $10 rush tickets just before a concert, they will still be offered during the season as well, but the $25 pass sure looks like the best bargain.

The BSO Student Select Card can be purchased online. Purchasers will receive the cards in the mail; that card and a student ID will have to be shown at the box office for each concert.

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