What should I wear? Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. It is tradition for the musicians of an orchestra wear formal attire for concerts. Flagstaff audiences dress from casual to elegant and all feel welcome.
When can I applaud? Audiences will applaud when an artist such as the concertmaster, the conductor, or a soloist walks on stage, and after each piece. Some pieces consist of three to four shorter sections called movements. Standard concert etiquette encourages audience members to not clap between movements.
Why does the conductor shake the hand of the violinist before the concert begins? The conductor is acknowledging the concertmaster, who is the leader of the violins and a vital part of the orchestra leadership. Our concertmaster is Louise Scott.
Why do parts of the orchestra leave sometimes? Some pieces aren’t written for the entire orchestra, so those musicians who aren’t needed leave to take a break and prepare for their next piece.
When can I come and go? As a courtesy to the orchestra and other audience members, come and go only in between pieces, not movements. Enter and exit as quietly as possible. Hint: Wait for the clapping.
What is a movement? How do I know when the piece is over? Movements are the parts of a piece, which is the whole. Between movements, there is silence as the orchestra prepares for the next movement. The number of movements in a piece varies; movements are listed in the program along with information about the composer and the soloists.