Listening to live music can be an amazing experience, and an orchestra is no different. Contrary to popular belief, no specialized knowledge is required on the part of the listener to enter the hall. (We swear we won’t check your credentials.) Well played live music can fill you with emotion. Depending on the pieces played, you may feel joyous, nostalgic, sad, energized, contemplative or even romantic. It can be a lot of fun to watch musicians create music, bringing their own feelings into a piece and making it leap off the stage, impacting the mood of audience.

Some people think that Classical concerts are stuffy events. We can’t speak for other orchestras, but at the Chicago Sinfonietta we want you to relax and come as you are.  However, like anything else, there are a few things to keep in mind, designed to make everyone’s concert experience more enjoyable. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that may answer your questions about attending a Chicago Sinfonietta event.

Believe it or not, people do not wear tuxedos and fancy gowns to Classical concerts. Some people do like to dress up a little, usually in business attire. Casual clothes are fine, too. We want you to be comfortable. Wear whatever you think is appropriate for a festive occasion. Most importantly – have fun!
How long a concert lasts depends on the music that is being played. In general, though, you can expect a Sinfonietta concert to last about two hours, including a 20 minute intermission.
We want kids to be exposed to the joy of classical music, so children 6 years of age and older are welcome to attend our concerts when accompanied by an adult. In fact, we have student and child tickets for only $10 to make this affordable. Please remember, though, that many attendees will not have children with them.  As a responsible parent or guardian, we know that you will monitor their behavior, and we trust that you will exit the hall with them if they become restless.  It is not advisable to bring children under the age of 6 to a concert, as it is unreasonable to expect them to stay quiet for an extended period. 
We have $10 student rush tickets available at all of our season performances, while supplies last. These tickets may be purchased at the venue up to 3 hours before the concert. Please be prepared to present an active student ID.
 If you arrive late, you will not be let into the concert hall until after the conclusion of the first piece on the program. This is so that your entrance won’t interfere with other patron’s listening experience. If you want to experience the entire concert, arrive early so that you can get settled into your seat, read through the program book, and be ready to listen to the music.
You may recognize more than you expect. A lot of television shows, cartoons, commercials, and movies use Classical music in their themes or as background music.  Newer compositions often borrow motifs from jazz and pop. We think, though, that it is a better idea to set all of that aside and simply let the music surprise and delight you in ways that you weren’t expecting.  Trust us.  It will. 
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