Discounted and Free in D.C.


a performance of the Luce Local Artist Series


Hearing a Symphony Orchestra live or seeing a Shakespeare play in D.C. doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little advance planning, you can attend these free concerts or snag some cheap discount tickets.

Free Concert Series

National Gallery of Art

Every Sunday afternoon, usually around 2 or 3pm the National Gallery of Art hosts a free and open to the public concert. Seating is on a first come first serve basis and begins 30 minutes prior to the show. It’s best to get there early and have a look around the museum and cue up if you predict it will be a popular concert.

Highlights of the 2016-2017 Season include performances by Philip Glass, A Roomful of Teeth, A Far Cry, and Parker Quartet.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Steinway Series

Every second Sunday of the month at 3pm, the Smithsonian offers a “Steinway Series” concert on their refurbished Steinway. Free tickets are available in the G Street lobby, half an hour prior to each performance.

Take 5!

Every Thursday the museum presents a free live jazz concert in the Kogod Courtyard. In addition to the music, you can also rent out a board game to play during the show!

21st Century Consort

The 21st Century Consort has been the resident contemporary music ensemble of the Smithsonian Institution since 1978 (Originally the 20th Century Consort). They present concerts that relate to the art currently being displayed, or to current events. They are hosting an “Election Special” at 5pm on October 22nd.

Luce Local Artist Series  

This concert series is truly unique. A local musician picks a work of art from the collection, at 5:30 a museum staff member gives a talk about the work. A concert by the musician usually follows at 6. You can also purchase snacks and beverages while the event takes place.

Find these and more concerts in Smithsonian galleries here (Filter down to Performances)

Library of Congress Concert Series

The LoC offers a variety of free concerts each week in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The only cache is that you  must reserve your seat for the upcoming concerts on Eventbrite.

Season highlights include Folklife Concerts, Jason Robert Brown, Pacifica Quartet, and Arditti Quartet. Tickets for 2016 have already gone live, but the spring concerts will be available on January 4th at 10am. Spots fill up quick, so be sure to reserve free tickets for the concerts you’re interested in!

Season here

Millenium Stage Concerts at the Kennedy Center

Every day of the year, usually at 6pm, Kennedy Center presents free concerts on their Millennium Stages. They present shows in a variety of genres, art forms, and ages of performers. Recently they have also started Live Streaming each Millennium Stage concert, so you can watch for free at the Kennedy Center or from the comfort of your home. These concerts include area music groups such as Howard Gospel Choir and GW’s Chamber Music Groups as well as Strathmore’s Artists in Residence, Comedy, and Improv troupes, and other well-known artists.

Check out the upcoming concerts here

Discount and Student Tickets

Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center’s MyTix program offers discounted tickets for anyone under 30 years old.It gives you access to $10 tickets for concerts, musicals, and opera, as well as discounts in the KC Gift Shop and restaurants/bars.It’s free to join and as easy as signing up for a KC account.

Sign up here

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The BSO offers a program called “Student Select” in order to make attending concerts more affordable to students. For a one-time membership fee of $25, you can have access to an entire season of BSO concerts. The BSO, under the direction of Marin Alsop, is one of the nation’s leading orchestras and you can hear them right off of the red line, at the Music Center at Strathmore!

Upcoming BSO at Strathmore concerts include Carmina Burana, Shostakovich Symphony 10, Dvorak Symphony 8, Mahler Symphony 6 and Beethoven 9.

Sign up or learn more here

Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection, a modern and contemporary art gallery in Dupont, has been offering Sunday music concerts for 76 years now. Phillips is dedicated to contemporary art and music, and their concerts are held in their beautiful space. Student tickets are available for every Sunday concert for $20, this also includes entrance into the museum. Season highlights include Rahim AlHaj, Nadia Sirota, the Trilogy violin trio, and the Heath Quartet.

Check out the rest of the season here


Round House Theater

RHT offers two “Pay What You Can” nights during the first week of every production.They also offer $10 tickets every Tuesday, in the side sections of the theater.

Find the schedule here

Folger Shakespeare Theater

Folger has half-priced student tickets which are available during preview performances of Folger Theatre productions. All other theater performances have a $10 discount for students. Additionally, college students can purchase $15 tickets to each of the “College Night” performances.

Folger Consort also offers $5 off for students in advance, and half-price student rush tickets are available one hour prior to concerts at the door.

Upcoming productions include Will & Jane and Sense & Sensibility

Learn more here

Shakespeare Theater Company

STC reserves a fixed number of tickets for every mainstage theater production and gives them away for free! They are called “Free Will Tickets.” Tickets are distributed on a first come, first serve basis completely free of charge until they run out.

They also offer $25 tickets to almost any STC mainstage performance for patrons under the age of 35, using promo code 17UNDER35 at the checkout.

Another great promotion that STC does is their “Young Prose Nights.” When you purchase a ticket to Young Prose Night (YPN), your $25 gets you a live performance, a complimentary drink, and admission to the post-performance Party. 

Upcoming productions include Romeo and Juliet, and the Secret Garden.

Learn more here

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

For the first two nights of their productions, Woolly Mammoth offers “Pay What You Can” performances. It’s simple, you show up on the day of the show, let them know how much you want to pay for the show, and then enjoy the performance! Upcoming shows include the Trump Card, Kiss and Black Side of the Moon. 

More details here

Arena Stage

There are three ways to get discount tickets at Arena Stage! A few exciting world premieres are happening in their upcoming season, as well as other shows like Roger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, A Raisin in the Sun, and Moby Dick. Full time students receive 35% off their ticket price at Arena Stage, and half-price tickets are sold 30 minutes prior to a performance, called HOTTIX

They also have “Pay Your Age” tickets for theater-goers under 30, and are available up to 2 months before the performance.

More info here

Studio Theatre

See a play in Washington’s best premier venue for contemporary theater, with student tickets for $20. Plays happening this year include Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men.

More info here


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New Arrivals!

Swing by your favorite music library and check out our awesome new scores and CDs!

P.S. Don’t forget we’re also open every Saturday from 11-4 if you need a place to finish homework, print, or listen to music!

New Scores




  • Alexander Scriabin – Symphony no. 4 Le Poème De L’extase (full score) – M1002.S39 P63 1900z

New CDs


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New CDs: Florence, Django, and Sara Bareilles

Welcome back to school everyone! Over the summer we have weeded out our CD collection, which means there is now space in the stacks for new and exciting CDs!

We have many new CDs rolling in, but here are three we thought you wouldn’t want to miss.



Is Meryl Streep as good(??) as the real Florence?

Florence Foster Jenkins: The Complete Recordings CD 2731

Have you seen Meryl Streep’s new movie “Florence Foster Jenkins yet? If you’re wondering what the real Florence Foster Jenkins sounds like, we just got a CD version of her only recordings in at the Music library! If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a quick recap: Florence Foster Jenkins was a socialite and self-proclaimed coloratura soprano in New York, who enjoyed giving frequent private concerts for her friends, and enjoyed a robust singing career, singing for a sold out Carnegie Hall, and at the Ritz-Carlton. Cole Porter wrote a song for her, and Lily Pons and Sir Thomas Beecham were fans of hers. She founded the “Verdi Club” with the aim of promoting the Grand Opera and benefiting artists and musicians. What made Florence so unique? She couldn’t sing.

This CD contains the 9 pieces which Florence and her long-time accompanist Cosme McMoon, recorded in New York between 1941 and 1944. These recordings were paid for by Florence, and originally only distributed to friends.The CD version of the recordings was released a few months before the release of the film.



See for yourself how Florence sings with admirable enthusiasm and confidence, while missing the mark in regards to rhythm and intonation. (Staff favorite is Adele’s Laughing song from Die Fledermaus)

The movie “Florence Foster Jenkins” is still in theaters in D.C., and the Music Library now has a documentary feature about Florence which will be on the shelf next week!



Quentin Tarantino’s Django CD 2730

Remember the incredible soundtrack to the film Django Unchained? We now have it available for check out, along with many other great film soundtracks which arrived over the summer! (Check those out here) Quentin Tarantino is not only the director of this film but also the Executive Music Producer, giving the movie and its music an incredible synthesis. Several original songs were written by Tarantino for the film, and the soundtrack also includes songs featuring John Legend, Rick Ross, Jamie Foxx, James Brown and 2PAC, and Ennio Morricone.



I love you like a table

Sara Bareilles’ Waitress CD 2729

Sara Bareilles has written a Broadway musical, called Waitress, and it’s a whopping success! (4 Tony Nominations!) Based on the 2007 indie film with the same title, it tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress in a small town who is unexpectedly pregnant. She fears she will have to give up her dream of opening her own pie shop until she hears about a pie making contest. Whether you’re a Sara Bareilles fan or not, this musical is worth a listen, with songs that feel like a mix of pop, musical theater with a twang of country.



Fun Fact: Waitress made history as the first musical in Broadway history in which the top creative slots (writer, composer, director, choreographer) are filled by four women.

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New Shipment of Sweet Jams!

We have recently added a broad variety of new CDs to the Music Library collection! Some that we are most excited about include The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the new Panic! At The Disco album, Death of a Bachelor, and the studio cast recording of the new onstage musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. With these fun additions come a few classic jazz compilations as well.



  • John Williams – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back CD 2727
  • Alan Menkin and Stephen Schwartz – The Hunchback of Notre DameCD 2725
  • The Dixie Power Trio – Out of Control CD 2712
  • Panic! At the Disco – Death of a BachelorCD 2724
  • The Last Chance Jazz Band – Love Songs of the Nile CD 2713
  • The New Orleans Wanderers, and Jimmy Wade & His Dixielanders – Chicago Black Small BandsCD 2718
  • Bennie Moten Orchestra – Band Box Shuffle CD 2716
  • Marty Grosz & The Hot Wings – The James P. Johnson Songbook CD 2703
  • Mary Lou Williams – Giants of JazzCD 2677
  • Clancy Hayes and The Salty Dogs – Oh! By JingoCD 2717


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A B​oatload of New Scores and CDs!

As the summer is winding down and we start to think about the fall semester, we’ve added a LOT of new material to the collection. Here are new CDs and scores!


Film Soundtracks

We’ve added quite a few film soundtracks to the collection this summer, filling in some gaps and adding award winners:

  • Howard Shore – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingCD 2630
  • (We already had Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersCD 9804)
  • Howard Shore – Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingCD 2631
  • John Williams – Catch Me If You CanCD 2608
  • (We already had Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceCD 2028 and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesCD 9797)
  • John Williams – Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the SithCD 2609
  • John Williams – Star Wars: Episode IV, A New HopeCD 2610
  • (Star Wars Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back has been ordered, but is not available just yet!)
  • John Williams – Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the JediCD 2619
  • John Williams – Star Wars: The Force AwakensCD 2628
  • Michael Giacchino – UpCD 2606
  • Christophe Beck, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Robert Lopez – FrozenCD 2607
  • Ennio Morricone and others – Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful 8CD 2632

Other CDs

  • Nefesh Mountain (Doni Zasloff & Eric Lindberg) – Nefesh MountainCD 2593
  • Lady Gaga – The Fame MonsterCD 2633
  • Beck – Morning Phase CD 2640
  • Edith Piaf – 100 Chansons: 4 CD BoxCD 2594 (4 discs)


Rejoice, instrumentalists, many new solos and chamber works to choose from here!


  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Konzert D-Moll für Klavier und orchester, BWV 1052 (Concerto in minor for [keyboard] and orchestra; 2 piano score) – M1111 .B118 BWV1052 1981
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Concerto No. 1 for the piano (2 pianos, 4 hands) – M1011 .B41 op.15 1967
  • Mike Cornick – Style Collection: Afro-Caribbean (solo piano) – M38.5 .C67 2014

Solos, Unaccompanied or with Piano




Chamber Music

  • Stanley Friedman – Three Billy Goats Gruff (horn, trombone, tuba) – M357.4 .F75 T53 2015
  • Johann Gottlieb Graun (ed. Alejandro Garri) – Oboe D’amore Concerto in D Major, GruanWV Cv:XIII:108 (oboe d’amore, 2 violins, basso continuo) – M1134 .G76 O26 2015
  • Bo Holten – Trombone Quartet: Preludio, Scherzo e Variazioni (4 trombones) – M457.4 .H65 T76 2015
  • Louis Karchin – Journeys: Movement V, from Ancient Scenes (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano) – M647 .K36 J6 2014
  • James Primosch – Exchanges (flute, clarinet) – M289 .P75 E9 2015
  • Peter Schickele – After Hearing Bach (oboe, violin, viola, violoncello) – M462 .S35 A3 2015
  • Ken Ueno – Watt (baritone saxophone, percussion, CD boombox) – M385 .U45 W38 2015

Vocal Music

  • Jody Talbot – The Wishing Tree (SSAATTBB chorus unaccompanied) – M1582 .T247 W5 2015
  • Jewish Songs: Old & New (piano/vocal/guitar) – M2194.3 .J48 1986
  • Father to Son: A Hugo Chaim Adler and Samuel Adler Solo Collection (Anthology of Jewish art song, v.2; piano/voice) – M1495 .A22 F38 2009

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New Scores this Summer

Come by and check out our newest scores for a variety instruments from Euphonium to Djembe as well as new duets and trios for Trombone and Piano!

Jean Hubeau – Sonate for Trumpet and Piano – M261 .H82 S6 2015

Paul Jennings – Djembe Method – MT662 .J46 H35 2015

Augusta Read Thomas – Dancing Helix Rituals: Violin, Clarinet, and Piano – M322 .T46 D3 2015

Bruce Broughton – Ballad for Trombone or Euphonium and Piano – M263 .B76 B3 1998

Alfred Schnittke – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra – M1015 .S37 2008

David Maslanka – Cello Songs for Violincello and Piano – M233 .M25 C45 2015

David Maslanka – Duo for Flute and Piano – M242 .M38 D8 2012

Charles Reskin – Passages: Trumpet and Piano – M1031 .R47 P37 2013

Anthony Turnage – Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano – M249 .T945 2015

Jean-François Michel – Trilogy: For 2 Trombones and Piano – M317 .M53 T7 2014

Laurie Altman – Colors of the City: For 2 Trombones and Piano – M317 .A455 C65 2015

Anthony Plog – Interplay: For Trombone and Piano – M263 .P56 I58 2015

Fritz Spindler – Sonate for Horn and Piano – M257 .S65 S56 2015

Julian Anderson – Lucretius: Soprano and Percussion – M1624.8 .A53 2016

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New Random CD’s

Zachary Wadsworth – The Far West – CD 2532

Original Cast – Bend It Like Beckham – CD 2531

Joseph Bertolozzi – Tower Music – CD 2536

The Sixteen – The Deer’s Cry – CD 2545

Various Artists – Tales of Tinseltown – CD 2526

David Starobin – New Music with Guitar Vol. 10 – CD 2533

Julia Wolfe – Anthracite Fields – CD 2541

Original Cast – First Daughter – CD 2530

Original Cast – Next Thing You Know – CD 2528

Bill Evans – Some Other Time – CD 2555

R. Nathaniel Dett – The Ordering of Moses – CD 2557

Original Cast – Brooklyn Crush – CD 2560

Original Cast – An American Victory – CD 2561

Manhattan Camerata – Tango Fado Project – CD 2537

Original Cast – On Your Feet! – CD 2540

Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake – Shuffle Along – CD 2562

New Zion w. Cyro – Sunshine Seas – CD 2551

Steve Reich – Third Coast Percussion – CD 2547

Henry Threadgill Zooid – In for a Penny, In for a Pound – CD 2546



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