Looking for a good place to eat before the concert? Aren’t sure what to wear or where to park? Unsure how to find your seat? We’ve compiled a step-by-step guideline for having the perfect Symphony experience.
You’ll see concert tails and bow ties on stage, but you can leave yours at home. Come in what you are comfortable! There will be suits and dresses, but there will also be jeans and slacks.
We suggest you make dinner reservations between one and a half to two hours prior to the concert. Consider the size of your party, the restaurant’s distance from Century II and how long you’d like to linger. There are several options for dinner nearby, and we have preferred restaurants we recommend for quality, delicious food.
You can view our location and download a parking map here.
To avoid lines, we suggest concertgoers purchase tickets one week or more in advance. Online ticket orders will be mailed if placed before one week prior to the concert. Orders placed the week of concerts may be picked up at the Symphony office. All other orders will be held at Will Call, located at the box office at the entrance of Century II Concert Hall. If you are purchasing tickets at the window or grabbing them from Will Call, we recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to the performance. The line can get pretty long!
To ensure you are seated on time, please arrive at Century II at least 30 minutes before the concert, and keep in mind that the parking meters in the South lot of Century II must be fed.
Find your seat with ease with the help of our ushers. Members of our Youth Orchestras who are part of our Honors Youth Usher’s Program will be present to hand out programs and show you to your seat, so look for a fresh, young face with a badge!
If your seat number is between 1 and 30, you will want to go left when entering the lobby. If your seat number is between 101 and 130, you will want to go right when entering the lobby.
The Orchestra will tune at 8 PM on Saturdays and 3 PM on Sundays. For Carousel: A Concert, tuning will take place at 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Late seating will take place after the first piece of each concert, which is typically between five and ten minutes. Speakers throughout the lobby and side ramps make it possible for latecomers to still enjoy the performance.
Concerts last approximately two hours.