Frequently Asked Questions

What is Classical Music?

A good question but one we really can’t answer in as small a space as we have available here.
There is a big difference between academic “classical” and Popular image “Classical”.
Academic “Classical” is music composed during the “Classical period”, approximately 1750 to 1820, which includes many of the best-known composers, such as Mozart and Beethoven. Popular image “Classical” is a far wider view of time covering what are actually called the “Renaissance”, “Baroque”, “Classical” and “Romantic” periods, plus earlier and later periods (Gregorian Chants through Jazz).
To learn more about these periods it would be worth visiting the WIkipedia sites “Renaissance Music”, “Classical Period (Music)” and “Romantic Music” (no, that doesn’t include Bing Crosby!).
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How much does it cost to have a concert?

The cost of each concert will vary depending on many factors. The Symphony Society has an Artistic Advisory Council who are highly experienced at negotiating the best prices for the best orchestras so ticket prices are kept within everybody’s budget.
Of course, when you buy tickets or, better yet, become a season contributor or sponsor, you are not just “going to a concert” you are also making a major contribution to local outreach programs. Click on the “Community Outreach” menu button at the top of this page to see what additional benefits you are supporting through the Symphony Society.
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When should I applaud?

For anyone unsure as to when to applaud for the orchestra’s, please wait until you see the conductor turn around to face the audience, signaling the end of the piece.
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How do you decide what orchestras to have?

The Symphony Society has an Artistic Advisory Council which consists of a wide variety of professional artists and who are constantly watching for the best orchestras, ballets and opera companies who are on tour.
By booking these concerts while the performers are on tour, instead of bringing them in specifically to our city, the cost of each concert is substantially reduced, therefore your ticket costs are kept to an absolute minimum.
Because these orchestras etc. plan their tours two or three years in advance, the Symphony Society also has to plan and contract these people at least two years in advance.
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What should I wear to a concert?

This will, to a certain extent, depend on the time of the concert. Is it during the afternoon or at night? Basically, you should wear anything (reasonable) that is comfortable! But keep in mind that the air-conditioning will be on in the concert hall.
It is unlikely that you will be comfortable in shorts and t-shirt because of the air-conditioning and ragged jeans and/or tank-tops will be looked-on rather unfavorably by fellow concert-goers.
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Are ticket sales enough to cover the costs of concerts?

No, the Symphony Society has a large number of very generous people who make donations and local companies who advertise with us (see “About Us”/”Support Us” in the top menu).
There are many ways in which you can give support, by being a contributor, an advertiser and by buying season tickets each of which not only helps the Society to maintain low prices but also gives you, the contributor, many advantages.
Please click on the “About Us”/”Support Us” to see the many ways you can help and benefit from a contribution or advertisement.
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How long do concerts last?

This varies with the concert but usually about 2 hours with a half-hour interval in the middle.
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Can we bring our children to any concerts?

No children age 4 and under will be admitted to any performance.

So long as you are certain that they will not disturb other concert-goers by being noisy or restive then absolutely yes. The Symphony Society is so dedicated to introducing today’s youth to classical music that they have a special program called the “YES!” program which stands for “Youth Experiencing Symphony”.
Click on the “Community Outreach” menu item at the top of this page to see some of the contributions Symphony Society members are supporting.
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Where are the best seats to have?

Another “that depends” answer.
if it is an orchestral concert, many people like to be up close to the stage while others prefer to be further back. The acoustics in the Peabody Auditorium are excellent so, no matter where you sit you will enjoy every nuance of a concert.
If it is a ballet or opera many people like to sit up in the Loge or even the balcony so they can have a broader view of the action.
Really, there are no bad seats in the Peabody Auditorium
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