Know Before You Go
What to Expect
Your night out at Orchestra Hall promises an engaging concert — and a whole lot more. Here's a glimpse of your upcoming experience.
At the Hall
No Dress Code Here
We get this question a lot, but rest assured, there's no dress code. Create the experience you want to have through your own unique look. We welcome it all!
Arrive Early, Stay Late
Most Common Performance Questions
Should I learn about the music?
One way to get the most out of your experience is to learn a little bit about the music you're about to hear. Pick up a program book on the way to your seat and you'll find a treasure trove of info about the musicians, the music and stories of how it was created.
When should I clap?
Share your enthusiasm at the end of each individual piece. If there are multiple movements (sections of the larger work) listed next to a piece in your program, hold your applause until after the last movement on that list. If you’re uncertain, wait for cues from those around you. Our superfans will show you the way.
When can I take pictures or video?
While we don't allow videos or photos when the musicians are performing, we highly encourage you to capture your time with the Orchestra before or after the performance, or during intermission. Use #MNorch on social so we can like and share our favorites!
When can I use my phone?
If device separation gives you a little anxiety, we get it. Please silence your phone when you enter the Hall and try not to look at your phone while the musicians are performing. The light from your screen can be distracting to your seat neighbors.
How long is intermission?
Most concerts include a 20-minute intermission. Plenty of time to use the restroom, stretch your legs, pick up a drink, or look through your program to get excited about the second half.
Where can I ask more questions?