Well! Persistence has paid off. Or rather, not so much persistence as waiting a few weeks and then calling the Walt Disney Hall box office again. But however you characterize the process, I have secured tickets for two of those performances of Le Nozze di Figaro in Los Angeles. I feel a little bit embarrassed, but on the other hand, I have tickets now. Not great tickets, but tickets nevertheless. After I bought them, the guy on the phone asked the rote question about how did you find out about this concert? I said something vague like “the internet” or something like that. And we were done.
But it caused me to pause and consider the internal form that the people in the box office might fill out and file away when they ask patrons this question. Not the boring one, that just has the typical “our website” / “other website” / “I’m on the mailing list” / “advertisement in Teen Vogue” or whatever. The real one.
“How did you find out about this concert?” (n.b. if patron’s answer is ‘other’ check the box re: RF – we know this is happening but no one admits it)
 Los Angeles Philharmonic Website
 disturbance in the Force
 hunch / dumb luck / wrong number (n.b. if patron is attempting to reach the Walnut St. Jiffy Lube in Pasadena, tell them check area code carefully; management aware of problem; Lou & Vinny at Jiffy Lube also aware of problem)
 obsessive opera fan – knew about concert months before organizers of concert
a) may be dangerous
b) probably not dangerous
 fortune cookie
 other cookie (please elaborate)
 voices in head
 flier in the mail
 flier on front window of car
 was going through Renée Fleming’s trash and found flier
 word of mouth