What's wrong with Philly?
I live 20 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport, 30 minutes from downtown Philly. It takes me 25 minutes to get to the Kimmel Center, 5 minutes to go to (paid) parking. I have paid as little as $20 to attend a concert at the Kimmel Center (Obviously this is an exceptional price). Last Friday I had tickets to a performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony which cost $60 each. We sat in the highest balcony, but the acoustics were superb, and the sight lines were perfect, if you had opera glasses. Plenty of leg room. The house was full. And the performance was outstanding.
Meanwhile, it costs $65 to attend a concert at the Delaware Symphony. These concerts are held in various venues, including some private schools in the sticks which you need GPS to find and when you do find them they are crowded and you feel like you are back in high school. It takes maybe 15 minutes to find these places, if you are lucky. Concerts in the Grand Opera House are more elegant, but parking in downtown Wilmington is no fun. Also, residents of nursing homes are bused in and none of them pay $65. One dollar is more like it.
The problem? No-one wants to go to Philadedelphia. I had a friend who used to attend concerts in Philadelphia with me, but she moved away. And nobody else wants to cross the state line. They will go to Philadelphia to consult a doctor, but to attend a concert? It might as well be in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, there are excellent concerts in Philadelphia--not just the symphony, but the Chamber Music society offer concerts by world class musicians.
So what's wrong with Philly?
Too dirty, too racial, too dangerous. Not that I've been there in many years, but it can only have gotten worse.
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