The Dalai Lama will end his current tour of the United States with a final teaching on May 6 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY. Tickets for the 2 p.m. event have sold quickly, with only minimal ducats still available at the 2,800-seat venue.
After going on sale last month, approximately 90 percent of tickets were sold by Monday, May 4. The theater’s marketing manager Sean Allen told the Schenectady Daily Gazette, “I’m pretty confident it will be a nice full house.”
A call to the Palace Theatre for up-to-date sales numbers was not returned immediately, but on the afternoon of May 5, limited seating was still available on Ticketmaster in the rear orchestra, loge and balcony sections of the theater.
The face value of tickets ranges from $55 for the loge and balcony to $85 for the orchestra, not including convenience charges. Several tickets also turned up on the public internet marketplace, Craigslist, with the sellers asking approximate face value, plus charges, for their ducats.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is scheduled to speak on “Compassionate Ethics in Difficult Times.” The Albany event is the Dalai Lama’s final North American engagement until he returns in late September for a few additional public talks and conferences.