The Florence Symphony Orchestra staff, performers, conductor and the many others who strive to bring the entirety of the cultural experience of classical music to the Florence Community, ask that each audience member respect the occasion and act accordingly. The following information will enhance your visit and help to ensure that all patrons enjoy the concert experience to the fullest.
Doors open to the public for admission to the concert one hour prior to the concert’s beginning. Patrons should arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance to allow time to use the Civic Center’s facilities, find seating, and settle in for the performance. Many of our regular patrons find that coming early allows them time to look through the performance’s program to familiarize themselves with the performance.
Latecomers will not be seated until the first convenient pause in the program. We ask that those already seated remain seated until a pause or intermission.
While there is no dress code for the Florence Symphony Orchestra performances, patrons generally wear semi-formal or business attire. Formal attire may be required for certain occasions, but contrary to popular thought, tuxedos and evening gowns are not the norm for symphony performances. We do ask that you go easy on the perfumes and cologne – as it may distract others near you, maybe even prompting them to sneeze and distract you and others from the performance.
During the Performance
Once a concert is underway, we request that you don’t talk, whisper, sing, hum, or move personal belongings. This will ensure that you, other patrons, and the performers enjoy the full benefits of the performance. Patrons should also refrain from entering and exiting the hall while a performance is in progress. If you must leave your seat, please proceed quickly and quietly to the nearest door.
The basic rule of thumb is to applaud when a piece is complete – not after each section. One way to judge the correct time to clap is to familiarize yourself with the symphony program. Take a look at the program book and count the number of movements the work has. If all else fails, you can always follow the rest of the audience.
Cellular phones, beepers, watches, electronic organizers, and other noise-alarm devices should be switched to silent mode throughout the entire performance.
Cameras and Recording Equipment
Any and all recording equipment is not permitted in the hall during concerts.
Refreshments may be purchased in the lobby prior to the performance and during intermission, but may not be brought into the hall at any time.
For Your Safety
Emergency medical technicians are available at every performance.