2007_09_nyphil.jpgNot only is this a hooky idea, it's a classy hooky idea. As a way to celebrate its 166th opening day, the New York Philharmonic is opening its morning dress rehearsal up to the public for free. Here are the details:

9:45AM: FREE Dress Rehearsal. Conducted by Lorin Maazel, with cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma; free tickets (along with discount coupons for future Philharmonic performances) will be distributed beginning at 8:00AM as the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet serenades you.

Ooh. The website says the free dress rehearsal is a gift from the orchestra and its global sponsor Credit Suisse. The concert is an all-Dvorak program, and tomorrow night is the gala benefit, complete with black-tie event before the concert. For people who don't have tickets, you can still head to Lincoln Center and enjoy the concert, because at 7:30PM, the concert will be projected onto a screen on the plaza (Plaza-cast) for free, with chairs first-come, first-serve.

There's a wonderful video on the NYP site about the Dvorak concert. The NY Philharmonic performs at Avery Fisher Hall; directions here.