What To Expect
Utilize the following tips to learn what to expect during your symphony experience.
Enjoy the music
You have come to be entertained, moved, transported, or perhaps, to find out what the KSO is all about. We hope you enjoy your experience. Some do this watching the orchestra or the conductor. Some do this with eyes shut. Experiment. Enjoy!
Make a lot of noise in the lobby
We love to hear the lobby "buzz" before and after the concert. So, please limit your conversations to before or after the music. Anything that makes unwanted noise should be left at home or silenced. This includes: cell phones, pagers, tablets, wrist watches and crinkly candy wrappers.
Bring your young children to our Family Discovery concerts
But, also consider leaving young children in the care of a competent relative or baby-sitter during our Symphonic Series concerts. The Symphonic Series includes musical works lasting from 10 minutes to over one hour, and the concerts are up to two hours long. For this reason, we provide excellent programming for young children and encourage only the "mature-beyond-their-years, musically-oriented" pre-teens to attend the Symphonic Series.
Applaud whenever you feel moved to applaud
Most people applaud a performer to express their awe and appreciation for the performance. So, whenever so moved, please applaud. However, it may help you to know that most symphony-goers feel bound to an unwritten contract to applaud only at the end of the entire musical work. For example, in a four movement work, people actually wait until the end of the fourth movement to applaud. But, they generally make up for lost applause by applauding a really long time. How long? Long enough for the conductor to bow, shake hands with some musicians, walk off the stage, pause, come back on the stage, invite the orchestra to stand, bow, shake hands with some musicians, and walk off again. If you're unsure, follow the lead of those around you.
Arrive with extra time to be seated
Please arrive before the music is scheduled to begin. Once the music starts, the ushers will not allow you to enter until the first break. If you arrive after the break, then you may be sitting in the lobby until intermission. Orchestras all over the world do things like this to ensure the enjoyment of the majority of concert-goers who arrive and take their seat on time. We know you'll understand.
You may want to come extra early to our symphonic concerts. Each symphonic program begins with the conductor leading a prelude at 7pm. Sit wherever you like in the hall and gain an insider view on the performance that makes the concert itself even more fun and interesting.
Ask questions of our staff anytime day or night
Please contact KSO staff to ask your concert etiquette questions. Feel free to leave a message if you call after hours and someone will return your call promptly. You can reach us during regular business hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Invite a friend or another couple to go with you to the next concert
A concert can be even more enjoyable when shared with others. We look forward to seeing you in the concert hall.