Try something new! Grab some friends - or meet some new ones - with a night out to a place you wouldn't normally think to go. Enjoy some great music in a relaxed atmosphere. Where else can you experience 60 or more talented musicians performing for you in perfect synchronization?
$12 student tickets for Presto Mambo on February 24 @ 2:30pm. See you there.
I've never been to a symphony concert before, what should I expect?
Expect to be amazed! The musicians on stage have worked their whole lives to play their instruments and have been practicing for a couple of months to play the concert music together. The sound that an orchestra creates - whether it's energetic and loud or delicate and quiet - is like nothing else you've ever experienced. This is the best time to let go of any preconceptions about classical music or classical concerts and just enjoy the music.
Do I need to know anything about classical music?
Nope! The music will speak for itself. And, you'll probably recognize at least some of the music you'll hear. Classical music is all around us: in commercials, movie soundtracks, television themes, cartoons, retail shops, elevators, you name it! A lot of popular music quotes melodies from classical music too.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code to attend a concert. Some people like to dress up to make it a special night, but the only tuxedos you see will be on the musicians. Business casual is most typical, and a pair of jeans and a nice shirt wouldn't be out of place. If you do dress up, remember to avoid any strong scents - we are all sitting in close proximity to one another and it could cause a distraction or even sneezing.
Anything else I should know?
The concert will start on time, and any latecomers will be seated at a suitable break in the music, so it's a good idea to plan to arrive with at least a few minutes to spare. For evening concerts, the bar is open, so you can take a drink (alcoholic or not) into the auditorium with you if you like. Parking can sometimes be a pain since we share the City lot at the back door to the Capitol Centre with other downtown businesses. If there is an event nearby, you'll need to be prepared to park at one of the lots a little further away (City Hall or the covered parking further down McIntyre for example). Insider tip: You might want to take advantage of the 10% discount on your meal at Cecil's Brewhouse & Kitchen when you show your NBSO concert ticket for that night, and the bonus is you've gotten your parking spot nice & early! Our concerts have a 20 minute intermission where you can go to the bathroom, get a drink, or chat with your friends or seat neighbours about the concert so far. New concert goers often feel awkward about when to applaud. There is a long-standing orchestra tradition that applause is saved for the end of the piece, even if that piece has small pauses between its movements. Our audiences don't always follow that rule, and we're happy to have you applaud whenever you feel moved to do so. You will be asked to turn off your ringer and avoid using any devices with light or sound to avoid distracting others, and we request no photos or recordings be taken during the performance. But, feel free to post a photo of the orchestra warming up before you power down!