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We invite you to let go of any preconceived ideas you have about the music and the experience--we're here with some tips to help enhance your concert experience.

Our Box Office staff are glad to help you find your perfect concert. Call 513.381.3300 (M-F, 10 am -5 pm) or view suggestions below. Do you have feedback about your experience? Let us know what you think!

CONCERT CALENDAR

 

 CONCERT SUGGESTIONS

 

 

What should I wear?
When should I arrive?
Where should I park?
Where should I sit?
What can I expect for price?
What accommodations are made for audience members with accessibility needs?
May I take pictures or use my phone?
How long are the concerts?
How do I find my seat?
What if I'm running late?
When do I clap?
Do I need to know about the music before I come to the concert?
What should I expect?
Making concerts fun
Concert E-Minders

What should I wear?
There is no dress code for orchestra concerts. We encourage you to come as you are whether you want to dress up for a night on the town or play it more casual for a relaxing experience. You'll even see some people in jeans. On special occasions you may find a few more people dressed up. 

When should I arrive?
We recommend arriving at least 45 minutes before the concert. Consider how much time you want to park, enjoy the beauty of historic Music Hall, take some photos, relax and enjoy a drink in the P&G Founders Room, read Fanfare magazine (the official CSO program) or find your seat. Look for your concert e-minder emailed to you a couple of days before the concert for a listing of any bonus experiences that may occur before, during, or after the concert. 

Where should I park?
Subscribers are encouraged to reserve pre-paid parking in advance. Act early, open spots are released the week of each concert for all concertgoers. Reserve your spot with the Box Office at 513.381.3300. Cost is $15. For more information and to look for your best parking options near Music Hall click here.

Where should I sit?

• There are three levels at Music Hall. The first floor is called the Orchestra, the second the Balcony and the third the Gallery. 
• For best blend of value and great acoustics: Gallery
• Best leg room: Orchestra
• Lowest Price: Partial view A & B on all three levels
• Best sightlines: Center seats on all three levels
View the detailed seating chart

What can I expect for price?
Ticket prices vary based on what concert you are attending, where your seat is located, and when you buy. We recommend buying early for the best availability and best price, as ticket prices increase the closer it gets to a concert. If it’s your first time, you and a guest are welcome to use our First-Timer offer for only $10 per ticket (limit 2, subject to availability, valid for select concerts.) Call or visit the Box Office (513.381.3300, M-F 10 am-5 pm; SAT 10 am-2 pm ) and mention promo code FIRST TIMER to reserve your seats! This discount is not available online and is valid as a one-time offer for OH, KY, and IN residents.

What accommodations are made for audience members with accessibility needs?
All levels of Music Hall have elevator access, accessible seating and restrooms. Other helpful accommodations include:

• Guest drop-off lane at the South End of the Hall in front of the Box Office entrance is open to guests with mobility challenges. Volunteer Access Ambassadors are stationed there to assist.
• Assisted listening devices can be checked out at Guest Services in the Lindner Grand Foyer.
• Select performances are American Sign Language interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Call the Box office at 513.381.3300 for more information.

May I take pictures or use my phone?
Feel free to take as many as you would like outside the building or in the lobby. Post your favorite photos and tag us @CincySymphony or @CincinnatiPops and #MusicComesHome. Flash photography, glowing screens and video are prohibited inside the auditorium during the performance. To allow everyone in the auditorium to enjoy the concert, make sure your phone is switched to silent or completely off.

How long are the concerts?
Most concerts are about 2 hours with a 15-20 minute intermission.

How do I find my seat?
Ushers, identified by a uniform and name tag, will greet you at the auditorium doors. They will offer you a Fanfare magazine and will help you to locate your seats.

What if I'm running late?
Out of consideration for fellow guests, late seating is not permitted. In some circumstances, including some Pops concerts, late seating is at the discretion of ushers and house staff. Latecomers, including guests leaving the auditorium before or during a performance, will be invited to the P&G Founders Room to view the concert via video monitors until an appropriate break in the program to return to their seats.

When do I clap?
Audiences applaud when the orchestra, conductor, and soloists enter the stage. They applaud again at the end of each piece or after a conductor makes remarks to the audience. Some pieces have multiple sections or movements, so if you aren’t sure, watch for the conductor to lower their arms and turn to face the audience. Occasionally audiences will also clap at the end of a movement before a piece has finished if they are particularly moved or excited. This is completely ok!

Do I need to know about the music before I come to the concert?
No—the experience of listening to the music is all you need.  And this is an adventure - it’s ok to not like it! If you do want to learn more, there are fascinating stories of people and places found in the program notes or discussed at the Classical Conversations one hour prior to most Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts. Like trying a great new food – all you need to do is give it a try.

What should I expect?
There is no “right” way to enjoy a concert. Each listener is unique and will respond differently to the music. In fact, it’s okay not to like a piece of music, that’s part of the discovery of listening to music—to expand your horizons and learn about yourself. Music is meant to affect you, to spark reactions, feelings, and reflect on memories. It can be just as exciting and energizing as it can be romantic or spiritual. So feel free to close your eyes and lose yourself in the music, or keep your eyes glued to the stage to capture the talent and passion of the orchestra members, or simply use the time to disconnect, relax, and people watch. What you get out of a concert experience is entirely up to you, knowing that there’s something about experiencing a live performance that is absolutely awe-inspiring.

Making Concerts Fun
Your concert should be fun, so live it up a little! Here are some ideas to add to your concert experience:

• Attend Classical Conversations, hosted one hour before most Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts.
• Try out one of our Pre-Concert Wine Tastings, available on select dates.
• Grab a drink or some snacks at concessions. Skip the line by pre-ordering drinks for intermission. Drinks are allowed in the auditorium for most performances, note that drinks with ice are not allowed in the auditorium during classical concerts.
• Visit the Bravo Shop, located near the escalators, which features CSO and Pops merchandise, audio recordings, and locally crafted items. Stop in and say hi!
• Share your photos by tagging us @CincySymphony or @CincinnatiPops
• Keep a lookout for fun surprises in the foyer like guest artist meet-and-greets, pop-up performances, specialty drinks, and interactive activities. These will also be listed in your Concert E-Minders. 

Concert E-Minders
All ticket buyers receive Concert E-Minders via email before each concert with info about the program, bonus experiences, parking, dining, etc. Make sure we have your email address so we can send helpful and important information to you! Call us at 513.381.3300 or email us at information@cincinnatisymphony.org to provide us with your email address.

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