What to Expect
Driving directions to our concert venues can be found on the Venues / Locations page.
If you're new...Welcome to the RSO! We couldn't be happier that you're joining our audience. If you're a symphony newbie, the following tips and hints have been compiled from common questions and are designed to help you feel like a regular!
What should I wear?
You'll notice apparel ranging from jeans to business casual to after-five evening wear. The programs and artists on our Pops Series events tend to encourage some really fun variations... In the end, there is no strict dress code!
What time should I arrive for a concert?
It is best to arrive at least one-half hour or more before the scheduled performance begins. This leaves time for parking (the ease of which can vary), picking up tickets, visiting the restroom and finding your seat.
What if I arrive late?
In consideration of the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience, patrons who arrive after the concert begins will be asked to wait to be seated until an appropriate pause between pieces. See, 'What time should I arrive' above.
When should I clap?
Generally, it is considered proper concert etiquette to clap only after a piece is complete, and not after movements (sections in one piece). You can look at your program-guide booklet to find out how many movements a piece has. Again, almost anything goes at RSO Pops Series events. If all else fails, go with the flow!
What if I don't know the music being performed?
It doesn't matter (much)! One of the great joys of going to a Roanoke Symphony concert is being introduced to a great piece of music you've never heard before, or listening to a superb performance of a piece you have known for years. Many audience members find that attending a live concert enhances their enjoyment of a piece they already know. For detailed information about each piece on this season's Masterworks concerts, read our Program Notes.
Before each Masterworks performance the RSO offers a pre-concert event entitled KeyNotes. These informal gatherings with music director David Stewart Wiley are a great opportunity to gain useful insight into the performance just before the concert begins. Sometimes these presentations provide an opportunity to meet guest soloists and ask questions about their work. For more information on KeyNotes, see "Related Events" on any Masterworks concert page.