A friend and I decided to take in the National Philharmonic concert at the Strathmore on Sunday. The ticket price range was advertised as starting at $28. When I went to the website, it showed that all the $28 tickets were sold. Not surprising, since there were only 36 seats. More surprising was that all the $37 tickets were sold. I ended up buying tickets for $45. From where we sat, I had a clear view of all the $28 seats. There wasn't a single person sitting in any of them. I could only see a small portion of the $37 section, but there wasn't anyone sitting in any of the seats that I could see. A case of a lot of people deciding that it was too nice a day to spend indoors?
Back in June, I went to the National Symphony's season-ending concert at the Kennedy Center. The website showed so many $25 tickets available that I decided that I didn't need to spend the extra $3 to buy a ticket ahead of time. When I got to the Kennedy Center, they told me that all the $25 tickets had been sold, so I also ending up spending $45. From my seat, I could see the half of the $25 seats that were on the other side of the concert hall. I counted more than 20 empty seats. A case of a lot of people deciding that it was too nice an evening to spend indoors?