If this is your first SFCO concert, we’ve prepared this list of FAQs that you might find interesting and informative. Our audience is growing and we’re happy to welcome you as a member of our family of lovers of classical music. Our concerts are free, and all you really need to do is show up. However, please check out our membership page for more information on how to become more involved by becoming an insider. If you have a question that’s not answered here, contact us.
FAQs FOR NEWCOMERS
WHERE DO YOU PERFORM?
SFCO performs MainStage Concerts in San Francisco at Herbst Theatre, in Palo Alto at First United Methodist Church, and in Berkeley at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, and chamber music at various locations throughout the Bay Area.
WHAT’S A GOOD SEAT?
It depends on whether you like to sit close to the action to see what the individual musicians are up to, or further back to get a view of the entire stage. Either way, when you are listening to music, every seat is a good seat.
IS IT REALLY FREE?
Well, yes, it is! You can attend all our concerts without paying a penny. However, if you would like to become a member, we have some special perks and opportunities available to you. Check out our membership page.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Some people regard attendance at an SFCO performance a special occasion, so they dress up. Others like to wear their more casual clothes. Just wear what feels comfortable to you; no one’s checking.
DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE CONCERT?
Our concert program will provide information about the music you are about to hear. You can also visit our website or go online and google the composers and the compositions being performed. Or, just show up and let the music speak to you directly.
HOW LONG IS THE CONCERT?
The running time for most concerts is 2 about two hours, which includes an intermission. Some special events for families and children are shorter: 20 – 45 minutes.
WHERE DO I PARK?
We recommend that you be on-site a half-hour ahead of the scheduled performance time and leave additional time for parking if you drive.
WHEN DO I APPLAUD?
Applaud when the spirit moves you. There is never a time when applause isn’t appreciated. Generally, there isn’t applause between sections (movements) of a piece – but this “rule” is often broken because people are so excited they can’t contain themselves.
WHAT ABOUT MY CELL PHONE?
We do ask that you turn off your cell phone so that it doesn’t ring during the performance and disturb people around you. We also ask that you do not record or take pictures during the performance as this is distracting.
There is nothing like seeing a live orchestra performance, and once you hear a live orchestra, you’ll never want to listen to a recording again! Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it makes our point.