1. What should I wear? You can wear (almost) anything that you like when you come to a symphony concert. For those who enjoy getting dressed up, this is a great occasion. However, if you feel more comfortable on the casual side, you won’t be out of place. Most concert-goers dress in a range from business casual to cocktail attire. 

  2. How early should I arrive? If you are planning to purchase tickets at the concert, the box office opens one hour prior to each performance. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance because the symphony performances often sell out quickly, and there is a chance that you will not be able to purchase tickets at the concert. You may purchase tickets by clicking here.

    If you have already purchased your tickets, the doors generally open a half hour before curtain time. Pre-concert talks, presented by Associate Conductor Andy Rosenfeld, are scheduled to begin 30 minutes before the start of each classical concert. 
  1. What if I arrive late? In order to not disturb other audience members, late seating breaks will take place after the first piece on the program or at intermission. If you arrive after the concert begins, you will be asked to wait outside of the theater doors until a break in the program occurs.

  2. Can I use my cell phone? For the consideration of the musicians and your fellow audience members, please turn off your phone and other electronic devices during the performance. With all of life’s constant exposure to media and technology, this as a great, hour-long opportunity to shut out the virtual world and live in the moment. Photography and video are not allowed during a performance, but taking pictures before and after the performance is strongly encouraged!

  3. Do I need to know any information about the music or composers before coming? You do not need to know any background information on the performers, composers, or pieces ahead of time. Once you arrive, you will be given an informational program, which includes notes on the concert's elements. That being said, many people find that they have a greater appreciation for a performance when they have greater background knowledge on the program. For general classical music knowledge, we recommend subscribing the our blog.

  4. When should I clap? We encourage everyone to show their enjoyment and appreciation whenever the moment strikes however, there are certain pieces of music that are meant to be uninterrupted to display its nuance and full effect. It's traditional to hold applause until the end of each piece on the program. This can be confusing, as some pieces contain several smaller sections called movements, which often have a pause between them. Our advice is, if you aren't sure when to clap, read the room and follow the crowd to avoid any awkward claps.

  5. How long is the concert? Traditional performances last approximately 2 hours with a 10-15 minute intermission about halfway through.