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If you’ve been buying Club Passes for the Jazz Festival, would you buy one if the Kilbourn Hall concerts weren’t included and you had to pay extra for them?
A survey on the Jazz Festival's app includes that question, and on the event’s last night, it had some festival-goers buzzing. Are the festival’s producers seeking ways to bring in more revenue? Has Kilbourn’s owner, the University of Rochester, raised the rent?
“Nothing of the sort,” says festival spokesperson Jean Dalmath. The producers are “just getting a feel” for concert-goers’ opinion. “We’ve had people suggest making it ticketed with reserved seating, so people don’t need to wait in line and can see other shows instead of waiting,” Dalmath said.
The nine-day festival offers three types of concerts: free outdoor events, ticketed headliner events in Kodak Hall, and Club Pass shows at other venues. The pass, which cost $194 this year, provides free admission to Club Pass events, but there’s no reserved seating or guaranteed entry.
Kilbourn Hall in the Eastman Theatre complex routinely hosts some of the top jazz artists. Consequently, those concerts are frequently standing-room-only, and lines can start forming as early as 3 o’clock for 6 o’clock concerts. And for some concert-goers, a long wait in line is physically difficult. The survey, Dalmath said, will help the producers “assess demand for options.”