The Fourth Ring Society has become Society NYCB, according to the mailing received today. It's no Great Society, though.
For a $20 annual membership fee, the Society NYCB member has the opportunity to purchase tickets for $15. There will be Blackout Dates, but NYCB prefers not to let you know about them at this time - even though they know full well what those dates are. And don't expect to be sitting with your Society member buddies in the center of the Fourth Ring. For each performance, NYCB will allot a minimum of 70 seats "in a variety of sections of the house." They want the new Society members to fill in the seats on the sides and in the back of the bus orchestra and lower rings. Call it the Fill-in-the-Blanks Society.
Society NYCB seats for the first week of performances (September 13-18) will be available for purchase by phone or at the box office on August 29th. Thereafter on each Monday, seats for another week of performances will be released for purchase.
This offer is only open to 2010-2011 Fourth Ring Society members.