If you've never been to a symphony concert before, you may not know what to expect. We at the WCCO want you to feel welcome and comfortable, and we want you to have a fantastic evening of great music and great company with us! If you just simply sit back, relax and focus on the music we are certain that you'll enjoy the concert and want to come back again and again.
A chamber orchestra is only a little different than a full symphony orchestra. The music that a chamber orchestra plays is often very dynamic and brilliant and has great drama, beauty and excitement that all orchestral concerts provide. Our repertoire has something to offer every audience member; it spans from Handel to Beethoven and Brahms to works of our time. The ensemble may be smaller than a full symphony orchestra (about 50 players), but it is every bit as powerful!
Here are some hints to help your concert experience go more smoothly.
Arriving early, if you can, is always recommended. It will give you time to find a parking location, check in at the box office if your tickets are waiting, locate your seats and restrooms. If you've never been to the Grand Opera House or Alberta Kimball Auditorium directions can be found on our site by clicking here. Once you have your bearings you'll be much more comfortable.
If you ever feel out of place or unsure of what it is your are about to hear, try reading the program notes in the program book while you are waiting. Reading about the upcoming pieces may help you more fully experience and enjoy the music that is to come.
Don't worry if you don't know everything about the music. Everyone who attends comes from a different level of involvement, background, and musical education. Chances are the person sitting next to you doesn't know everything either!
Some concertgoers enjoy the music better if they find out something about it before hand. If you wish to learn more about the music prior to the concert, there are several things you can do.
After the concert begins you may be surprised to hear a familiar tune. Classical music is all around us from car commercials to Looney Toons. Mozart even wrote a variation of the popular children's song Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star! The music that you hear in almost every major blockbuster movie has been influence by the great classical orchestral music.
Most of our concerts are business-casual to just plain casual. Woman may wish to wear a dress, skirt or slacks. Men may wish to wear khakis and an open collar shirt or a coat and tie. What's most important is that you are comfortable and can completely enjoy the concert! If you wish to dress to the hilt, or just go casual, you will feel comfortable at our concerts.
One of the most asked questions for new symphony listeners is when to applaud. In general:
We're here to help answer them! If you have any questions prior to a concert just give us a call at 920.233.7510 or email us at . We hope to see you at our next concert!