How to prepare - "Symphonic Dos and Don'ts" by Stephen Belth

Can I reach the concert hall the day of the Performance?
Venues can be reached one (1) hour before show time:
Tilles Center - (516) 299-3100 Staller Center - (631) 632-2787

What should I wear?
Most concertgoers come in business or business casual clothing. You might prefer to be a little more dressed up, especially if it's a special occasion, but feel free to come as you are.

When should I arrive?
We try our best to begin all concerts on time. Therefore, we recommend that you try to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. To help reduce distracting noises during the performances, there are designated pauses in each program when late arrivals will be able to be seated. To confirm a particular concert's late seating policy, please call the LIP Box Office at (631) 293-2222. If you have to leave a concert before its end, please do so between program works.

How long is a typical performance?
Program length varies, but a typical Long Island Philharmonic performance lasts about two hours, including one intermission. The Family concert is closer to an hour and a half in length. You can always call the Box Office at (631) 293-2222 for more information.

When do I clap?
Many works in classical music, such as a Beethoven symphony or Mozart piano concerto, have three or more movements or sections. A short pause usually falls in between each of them. It has become customary over time not to clap during these short pauses. To find out the number of movements (and corresponding number of pauses) in a piece, turn to the program page in your program book. You will find that each work is subdivided by movement (usually indicated by tempo markings in Italian). After the last movement, clap to your heart's content.

Can I bring my cellular phone?
Pagers and cellular phones should be turned off or set on vibrate before entering the theatre. Patrons wearing alarm watches are also requested to turn them off before entering the theatre. Please contact the house manager before entering the theatre if emergency notification may be required.

Can I take pictures?
No. Still cameras, video cameras or tape recorders are not permitted at any LIP performance. All equipment should be checked with the house manager prior to entering the auditorium.

Can I bring my children?
Children 8 years and older are welcome at LIP concerts. In order to comply with fire code regulations, all patrons need a ticket to attend a performance, regardless of age.


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