Traditionally, audiences tend to applaud once all movements or sections of a piece are completed. In some pieces of music, the orchestra will pause briefly for about 10-15 seconds between movements. The audience usually holds their applause during these short breaks in the music out of consideration for the performer’s concentration. The conductor will signal when a piece is finished by putting his or her arms down and turning to the audience. You can check your program before or during the performance so you'll know how many movements to expect.
Photographing and making video and audio recordings of Memphis Symphony Orchestra concerts are strictly prohibited. No recording devices or cameras are permitted without special authorization from the MSO.
While performance length can vary, a typical performance runs approximately two hours with a 20-minute intermission.
Children, ages six and up, are welcome to attend Memphis Symphony Orchestra performances. All children must have a ticket for admission.
There is no dress code. Anything that makes you feel comfortable is the best option. Many people wear business clothes or slightly dressy casual clothes, but you’ll see everything from khakis to cocktail dresses. In the interest of other patrons, please be considerate of those in the audience who may have allergies and refrain from wearing scented products such as cologne or perfume.
Only subscribers have the benefit of exchanging their season tickets. There is no exchange fee, however, any upgrade in price must be paid by the patron and are subject to availability. Ticket exchanges must be made up to three days before the date of the performance. Visit our Become a Subscriber page for more information.
If you arrive late, an usher will seat you at their discretion, generally at an appropriate break in music.
Please call the Box Office at (901) 537-2500, and we will reprint your tickets.
Gift certificates to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra may be purchased in any denomination. Please call the Box Office at (901) 537-2500 for details.
For directions to each of our venues, please click here.
Cellular phones, pagers and alarm watches should be turned off while in the hall. Patrons should ask for the House Manager to report an emergency during a concert, or to make special arrangements to receive emergency phone calls during a concert.
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Yes. Parking and accessible seating is available at all venues. Please notify the Box Office of your special needs upon ticket purchase.
Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Click here to learn more, or call (901) 537-2500 for details.
If you have a question about what happens to your tickets after you order them, please refer to this page.