Shutdown Upside

Furloughed Federal Workers Can Get into the Symphony and Opera for Free

Today, Seattle Opera got on board with the giveaway Seattle Symphony announced yesterday.

By Stefan Milne January 18, 2019

If you are a federal employee, you can see this for free. 

Image: Carlin Ma

If you happen to be one of the 11,000 or so federal employees in Washington state who's currently not working, a couple of Seattle's major arts organizations have your back. Seattle Symphony announced yesterday that federal employees can get up to four tickets for the rest of the 2018–2019 season. To reserve the tickets, call the Symphony's ticket office or go in person before February 1. You'll need to show a government ID when you pick them up. That's it. See what's slated for the rest of the season here

Adding to a delightful trend, Seattle Opera announced today that furloughed workers can get two tickets to Il Trovatore by showing their federal government IDs at the box office. The available shows are 7:30pm on January 19 and 2pm on January 20. 

So if you happen to be sitting at home weeping due to lack of work, at least you can now do so dressed to the nines in front of an orchestra and gorgeous music. 

Update: Since last weekend's shows were popular, Seattle Opera has extended its offer for the last two performances of Il Trovatore on January 25 and 26 at 7:30pm. 

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