FAQ’s


MUSIC QUESTIONS


What is a symphony orchestra?

A symphony orchestra is a large ensemble that includes string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Auburn Symphony has 60-85 musicians on the stage at one time! The sound can be tremendous and powerful, while at other times dainty and light depending on what the music calls for. 


What is a chamber ensemble?

A chamber ensemble is a smaller ensemble than a symphony orchestra, and can be from 2-25 musicians. Most of our Chamber Series concerts feature 3-6 musicians. The name comes from the ensemble fitting into a room, or chamber.


What type of music does a symphony orchestra play?

Auburn Symphony performs music composed as early as the 1700s to as recently as this decade. We take pride in featuring traditional classical works alongside works by living composers, as well as popular tunes.


CONCERT QUESTIONS


What should I wear?

Our top priority is your enjoyment, so wear whatever makes you most comfortable. Out on a date with your loved one? Dress up a little! Coming straight from another activity? Come as you are.

What time should I arrive?

We recommend arriving about 30 minutes early for a Symphony Series concert. This allows you to park, find your seat, and use the restroom before the start of the concert. If you’d like to listen to the pre-concert talk, you should arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes early.

For a Chamber Series or Summer Series concert, we also recommend arriving 30 minutes early since these concerts are typically general admission.

What if I arrive late?

You will be seated during a break in the music.

May I bring my children?

We encourage family attendance with children 5 and older to most concerts, and sometimes hold events suitable for all ages.

How long is a concert?

A Symphony Series concert is usually two hours in length with a 15-minute intermission. Chamber Series and Summer Series concerts are usually 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. 

When do I applaud?

Typically, audiences will only clap at the end of a piece after the conductor has put their arms down and turned around to acknowledge the audience. However, if you enjoy what you heard, there is no reason for you to not show your joy and appreciation by applauding!

May I use my phone?

Out of respect for the musicians and fellow concert-goers, we ask that you turn off your phones during the performance. No photography or video is allowed during the performance. However, we encourage you to connect with us on social media before, at intermission, and after the concert and share your experience!


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