Concert etiquette

Advice for first-timers!

Congratulations on making the wise decision to attend a concert of music performed by a live orchestra. The following are a few questions frequently asked by first-timers.

Alone or with a friend?

Some people get great pleasure out of attending a concert or some other event with a friend, acquaintance or partner. Sharing ideas and experiences with others is rewarding, and people do not feel so out of place and nervous in company. There are, on the other hand, many people who like to come to our concerts alone, to drink in the music and the mood uninterrupted. And they often meet people they know to chat to in the interval. Added to which, anyone seeking good company may well find it at a concert!

Where can I buy tickets and how much do they cost?

To find the answer to this, click on the page marked TICKETS. Tickets for Kymi Sinfonietta concerts are on sale at many points in the Kymenlaakso region, and people coming from further away can use the nation-wide Lippupalvelu service. Tickets are also on sale at the Orchestra Office and at the door one hour before the start of concerts. The normal ticket for a Kymi Sinfonietta concert costs 21/16/8 €.

What should I wear?

Wear whatever you like. You can listen to and enjoy music in casual, smart or formal dress. What you wear to a concert will depend to a great extent on your mood and whether, for example, you have had a busy day. Sometimes you may want to make the concert a special occasion and dress up, while at others you may be obliged to hurry straight to the concert hall with no time to change. So in other words, wear whatever seems right and comfortable.

Where is the best place to sit?

This is a question of taste, and you’ll no doubt discover the best place after a few concerts and trying out different seats. Some people always make straight for the balcony, which usually has the best view of the orchestra. But others prefer to sit downstairs for acoustic or other reasons.

When should I clap?

Artists are usually applauded when they come on stage. Sometimes it is the custom to clap after each work. But many works are in several movements, and it is then standard practice to applaud only at the every end of the work, after all the movements have been played. But it’s not the end of the world if you do happen to clap in the ‘wrong’ place!