Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a first time-ticket buyer? Here are some things you might like to know.
You don’t have to be a classical music expert to enjoy the concert.
This music is for everyone. Sure, some people know a lot, just like some people at an art museum know a lot about Monet and Rembrandt. But lots of people go because they like to look at beautiful things. Same with classical music. It’s okay to come and listen just because it’s beautiful and makes you feel good.
When do I applaud?
This question has been causing unnecessary anxiety forever! The short answer is that generally the audience applauds at the end of apiece, not between movements, but sometimes it’s very hard to tell the difference! The easy answer is simply to wait a few seconds and then applaud when everyone else does. (Also, “movements” are parts of a piece of music, sort of like the chapters of a book. You will see them in the program designated with Roman numerals. Generally, if a work contains movements, they are all performed together, in succession.)
What should I wear?
Whatever you would like. Be comfortable.
Do I need to prepare before the concert?
That’s up to you. Most of the classical performances have a free pre-concert talk that same day that offers lots of insights into the music you’ll be hearing. Using the museum analogy again, it’s a little like getting the audio guide when you visit an exhibit – it’s not necessary, but it does add a little something extra to the experience. Also, when you arrive, look in the program book you’re given by the usher. There are notes inside about each piece of music being performed that are helpful and interesting.
Can I take photos and videos?
Photos, yes, without a flash and not too often. Video – never. Holding up a phone for any length of time during a concert can break the concentration of the artist and is very distracting to the people seated around you. Also, please silence your device as soon as you enter the concert space.
When should I arrive?
Unlike many other concerts you may have attended, classical and jazz concerts start on time. And with a classical concert you can’t go in until there’s a break in the music, which could be as much as 20 minutes. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early and leave plenty of time to find a place to park.