Concert Etiquette


Concert Etiquette

When should I applaud during a classical concert?

Please hold applause until the conductor faces the audience. Traditionally, applause is held until the end of a piece of music. Composers create a work as a whole, which is often made up of several movements. It is best not to disrupt the continuity of the music by applauding between movements.

Can I take photographs during the concert?

Yes, non-flash photography by silenced handheld devices is allowed during Rockford Symphony Orchestra performances. Feel free to post your favorite photos on our Facebook page!

Would my children enjoy coming to the symphony?

Yes! Children age six or older are welcome at RSO Classics and Pops concerts for a special rate of $9 per ticket, though Classics concerts are best enjoyed by children ages twelve and up. The Coronado Theatre loans patrons booster seats for our younger audience members.

I’ll be attending my first classical concert at the Coronado. Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code for concerts at the Coronado. Concertgoers usually dress in suits, vests, sweaters, skirts, khakis, slacks, everything! Formal attire such as tuxedos and evening gowns is not required. Most people only wear formal clothing to our galas and other special events.

Can I leave my cell phone on during a concert?

Cellular phones, pagers and alarm watches should be turned off while in the hall. Patrons should ask for the House Manager to report an emergency during a concert, or to make special arrangements to receive emergency phone calls during a concert.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra appreciates the audience’s cooperation in avoiding any extraneous sounds during the concerts.

If I arrive late to a concert, will I be seated immediately?

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra makes every attempt to begin concerts on time. In deference to the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience in the hall, latecomers will not be seated until after the conclusion of the first work on the program, and there will be no seating break during any work. Patrons who leave the hall before or during a work will not be reseated until after the work is completed. Your usher will alert you as soon as it is possible to be seated.