Applause & standing ovations
The audience will applaud to welcome the conductor when he or she walks out onto the stage. In most works performed at SRS, a movement is a large division of a larger composition or musical form. For example, symphonies are typically divided into four movements and concertos into three. It is appropriate to clap after the final movement of an entire work. If you're still not sure, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to clap before applauding. Another good sign is when the conductor either turns around or steps off the podium (the elevated "box" he or she stands on).
The audience will applaud to welcome the Concert Master and then the Conductor when he/she walks out onto the stage.
We encourage you to show your appreciation with a standing ovation. However, standing is not permitted inside of Weill Hall for the duration of the performance.
Children in attendance
Attending the symphony as a family is a great way to spend time together, but live music is appreciated in a quiet environment and Classical Series Concerts tend to be too long for young children. Children 7 and over are welcomed at both the Discovery series and Classical series concerts at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.
We encourage families with very young children to attend the Symphony’s Family Concert Series on Sundays at 3 pm. These performances, created especially for children, are appropriate for ages 4 and up and are approximately 1 hour in length. We offer 3 family concerts during the season and each includes an Instrument Petting Zoo beginning at 2 pm in the lobby of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.
Classical Series Concerts and Discovery Series Concerts are appropriate for ages 7 and up.
No one under the age of 7 will be allowed.
Family Series Concerts are appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Youth Ensemble Concerts are appropriate for all ages.
Children exhibiting unruly behavior at any of the Symphony’s performances will be asked to leave.
All patrons, regardless of age, need a ticket to enter the performance venue.
For SRS classical performances, most patrons wear nice casual to dressy or business clothes. Discovery Rehearsals are generally more casual and special events are usually black tie.
In an effort to help reduce distracting noises and enhance the concert-going experience, Weill Hall provides complimentary cough suppressant tablets to patrons, subject to availability. Please ask an usher if you would like one or visit the coat check office.
Cameras as well as other recording devices can create major distractions for the musicians and audience members around you. As a result, no still, video cameras or tape recorders of any kind are permitted. If you are seen with a recording device, it will be confiscated for the duration of the concert.
Cell phones, pagers, watches and other electronic devices that cause noise are not permitted in the theater. Please be courteous to our musicians and your fellow audience members and turn off any electronic devices prior to entering the theater.
Using the restroom
Restrooms are located on the first and second floors on the northwest side of the building. If you have to leave the concert hall, please do so quietly. Ushers will assist you with re-entry when there is a break in the music or at intermission.