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Concert Etiquette Tips

Many times, those new to classical music are apprehensive about attending concerts. Relax, classical music isn’t as intimidating as you think! Use the tips on this page as a starting point to help you have the full Philadelphia Orchestra experience, whether it is your first time attending an orchestral concert or you are a seasoned concertgoer. For even more information on planning your night at The Philadelphia Orchestra, visit our Plan Your Visit pages.

Be comfortable


There is no set dress for concerts. Some patrons like to dress more formally and wear suits and dresses, while others opt for the comfort of jeans and t-shirts. Wear what makes you comfortable and best represents yourself.


Learning when it is proper to applaud is often tricky. When the conductor drops his arms and turns around, it usually indicates that this is the end of a piece. If you are not sure, take a cue from those around you.

Be prompt

For our eZseatU members, we ask that you check in at the eZseatU table in the Kimmel Center Commonwealth Plaza approximately 30 minutes before the concert begins. Orchestra staff will be on-site, starting at 7:00 PM to take your ticket, so that the ushers may seat you quickly before the concert begins. Arriving at the hall late runs the risk of your not being allowed into the concert.

Be courteous

Electronic devices:

Cell phones, watch alarms, pagers, cameras, and other electronic devices should be turned off prior to performances in the concert hall. These devices could cause a disturbance and are a distraction to musicians and other patrons.


Even the quietest whispers can be heard in the concert hall and can prove to be a distraction to patrons and musicians alike. Save your comments until intermission or after the concert, it will give you and your friends much more to discuss.