Frequently Asked Questions - First Timer's Guide

Classical music can seem daunting to some first-time concertgoers, but there’s no reason to stress. Relax and enjoy the music. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about classical concerts, intended to help make your first visit to the San Luis Obispo Symphony a pleasing and memorable experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Bring My Children?

Absolutely!  But please use your best judgment to determine if they are ready to enjoy the entire concert.  A quick talk with the little ones might be necessary about simple concert manners, including when and when not to clap, sitting quietly, and not rustling the program when the orchestra is playing.  We love seeing young people in the audience and we are thrilled to have them as new audience members. 

If a full concert isn't in the cards yet, then make sure to check out our Family Concert and our other music education programs like the Musical Petting Zoo!  

What is classical music?

Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music. It encompasses a broad period from roughly the 11th century to the present day. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice period.