Symphony Space

2537 Broadway

No, this is not home to a phantom orchestra! Symphony Space got its name when founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller took over the once-elegant but deteriorating Symphony movie theatre after a one day WALL TO WALL BACH free marathon concert in 1978... more

No, this is not home to a phantom orchestra! Symphony Space got its name when founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller took over the once-elegant but deteriorating Symphony movie theatre after a one day WALL TO WALL BACH free marathon concert in 1978, and decided to turn it into an adventurous Space for innovative arts events of all kinds. While Symphony Space does not have a resident orchestra, they are a multi-disciplinary performing arts center, offering a wide array of music, dance, literature, film, theatre, family and education programs. Since its founding in 1978, Symphony Space has become known for producing and presenting free and low-cost programs that represent the cultures of New York City in all their variety. They showcase the performing arts and literature at their liveliest and most accessible. Symphony Space builds each season around a diverse array of presentations, including: * Wall to Wall - annual free music marathons, each celebrating an individual composer or musical genre * Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story * Repertory Film Series * Bloomsday on Broadway - annual James Joyce tribute on June 16 * Just Kidding! -- weekend-morni... more

No, this is not home to a phantom orchestra! Symphony Space got its name when founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller took over the once-elegant but deteriorating Symphony movie theatre after a one day WALL TO WALL BACH free marathon concert in 1978, and decided to turn it into an adventurous Space for innovative arts events of all kinds. While Symphony Space does not have a resident orchestra, they are a multi-disciplinary performing arts center, offering a wide array of music, dance, literature, film, theatre, family and education programs.

Since its founding in 1978, Symphony Space has become known for producing and presenting free and low-cost programs that represent the cultures of New York City in all their variety. They showcase the performing arts and literature at their liveliest and most accessible.

Symphony Space builds each season around a diverse array of presentations, including:

* Wall to Wall - annual free music marathons, each celebrating an individual composer or musical genre
* Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
* Repertory Film Series
* Bloomsday on Broadway - annual James Joyce tribute on June 16
* Just Kidding! -- weekend-morning multi-art series for children ages four and older
* Dance Series - featuring a broad selection of contemporary choreography
* Selected Shorts: All Write! - adult literacy outreach program
* Curriculum Arts Project arts education program, which integrates the arts into the social studies curriculum in New York City's public schools

Symphony Space programs reach the rest of the country through local and national public radio broadcasts of literary and musical events such as Selected Shorts and Wall to Wall, and through the sale of audiocassettes of the most requested stories from the Selected Shorts series.
In addition to Symphony Space's own annual calendar of performances, an average of 40 not-for-profit organizations present 125 performances at Symphony Space each year. Many of these events are made possible through Symphony Space's Performance Subsidy Program, which assists selected performance groups by providing subsidized rental rates and a host of marketing and production services. Groups appearing regularly through the program include:

* New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
* World Music Institute
* New Amsterdam Symphony
* Ballet for Young Audiences
* Shadow Box Theatre
* Manhattan Chamber Orchestra

Approximately 100,000 people attend events at Symphony Space each year, half from the Upper West Side, Harlem and El Barrio, with the rest hailing from throughout the New York Metropolitan area.


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Upper West Side Description

Symphony Space is located in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The home of diverse cultural attractions, the Upper West side is sandwiched between Riverside Park to the west and Central Park to the east. Both parks are excellent leisurely green spaces to spend a day. Central Park is especially notable, as it is New York’s "flagship" park. With over 843 acres of land, it is home to 275 species of birds. It’s quite easy to spend an entire day there too, as the park has several restaurants on its perimeter, a Boathouse, a Carousel, ball fields, a running track, reservoir, sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, and a nearly endless list of events and other attractions.

In addition to being the most densely populated area of the United States, the Upper West Side is the home of several academic institutions and a litany of famous people too numerous to list here. The American Museum of Natural History is among the most notable museum in the neighborhood. This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods including some magnificent dinosaur fossils. Other nearby cultural institutions worth checking out include the New York Historical Society, and the new Rose Center for Earth and Space which houses the Hayden Planetarium; the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence.

The Upper West Side also contains some of the greatest venues to hear classical music. There is the Metropolitan Opera House —one of the world’s leading opera companies since its opening in 1883—as well asAvery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the renowned New York City Opera. Additionally both The Julliard School and Fordham University grace the area.

You’re bound to get hungry while visiting the neighborhood, but fear not -there are plenty of famous places to nosh or grab some classic New York smoked salmon in the Upper West Side. There’s Zabar’s—a heavenly deli if there ever was one; Fairway Market which has a huge, gourmet selection of just about everything; Citarella, with fresh fish and much more; and Murray’s Sturgeon Shop—just to name a few. If you're looking for a more substantial meal, head to Prohibition, an upscale restaurant and bar. The interior, which invokes the glamour and romance of the Prohibition-Era style of the twenties and early thirties, helps create terrific ambience. All of this has made Prohibition a mainstay on the Upper West Side. There's also the takeout booth at Carmine's. Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of homestyle antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. And when we say large, we mean large; an entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. After your weekend mid-day meal, take a walk back through Riverside Park or stroll down Riverside Drive and admire the impressive monuments, grand apartment buildings, and views of the Hudson River, all while burning off a few calories of course.

Given the number of attractions and cultural institutions in the neighborhood, the Upper West Side is an ideal location to spend your stay in New York. The charming Excelsior Hotel is located right near the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Meanwhile, the cozy and reasonably priced Belnord Hotel is another conveniently located option for the budget conscious traveler, as is the Comfort Inn Central Park West.

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2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 864-1414
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Admission And Tickets

Varies. Purchase tickets online or in person. The box office windows in the main lobby are open from Noon to 7pm Tues - Sun. The Thalia box office window opens one hour prior to curtain when there is a show (the main box office may be used at other times). Box office windows remain open on the night of a show until one half hour after curtain for the patrons of that event. In the hour preceding a show, tickets will be sold for that show only.

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