Regardless of your interest in classical music, attending a symphony should be on the top of your bucket list. The atmosphere of a symphony is probably unlike anything you may have experienced before, and in this post, we are answering some of the common visitor questions about the format, music, and other aspects.
- “Do I need to know about classical music?”
No, there is no such requirement. At classical concerts, often hundreds of musicians play together, and that’s a wholesome experience. Of course, if you know or have some understanding of classical music, it always adds to the experience. Many concert venues have special pre-concert events, where visitors are guided on the experience, or the conductor talks of the music. You might be lucky enough to spot music bits that have been used in movies and shows.
- “What should I wear?”
While formal clothing is expected, there are no strict dos and don’ts at most venues these days. As long as you are not wearing boxers, or something like flip flops, you should be fine. However, some venues and event spaces may recommend a dress code for certain events. As a safe step, just call and ask.
- “How early should I arrive?”
At least 30 minutes before the show. The atmosphere of a concert or symphony can be incredibly interesting, and you will need a few minutes to settle down. In case you are late and the show has already started, wait for the staff to guide you inside, during a pause. Keep in mind that the start of concert is often very interesting, so you don’t want to miss that.
- Are there any dos and don’ts?
Ensure that you don’t bring children below five years to a concert that’s meant for adults. Shows usually extend beyond an hour, and young kids cannot really stay chill and still for that long. Talking, humming, or singing must be avoided, and ensure that your phone is either switched off or the silent mode. You may want to know as when to applaud, and we recommend that you look at others.
- “Should I book tickets at the spot?”
Many known concert venues have their events sold out weeks in advance, so prior booking is always recommended. We also strongly recommend that you check the website of the venue to find necessary details.
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