Whatever you like. Some people like to dress up for concerts, which is great but totally optional. If anyone gives you grief for your thongs, tell them we gave you permission.
Attending a concert
What to Expect
First time seeing an orchestra? Don’t worry, it isn't as daunting as it might seem.
Scroll down for everything you need to know about attending an ACO Concert. If you still have questions, send us an email and one of our team will get back to you soon
What should I wear?
Why is nobody clapping?
People tend to clap at the end of each piece, instead of the end of each movement. The easiest approach is to follow their lead. Loud cheers are also totally acceptable.
Wait, what’s a movement?
Lots of orchestral pieces are written in movements, which are distinct sections that make up a whole. Details of each piece's structure are written in your concert program.
Can I talk?
Between pieces absolutely, but because our instruments aren’t amplified we ask you to respect everyone’s experience with silence during the performance.
Can I take photos?
Like talking, photos are fine between pieces and during bows, provided the flash is turned off. To keep the magic of a live experience we ask that phones are off and away during the music.
How can I understand the music?
Each performance has a concert program, which you can pick up at the venue or read online a few weeks before the concert. We also try to set the scene with audio and video content on our website, social channels and in our emails.
All of the venues we perform at during our national season are wheelchair accessible, and many venues have facilities to support the needs of individuals with vision or hearing impairment.
You can learn more on our accessibility page, which includes resources and links for all venues and ACO Seasons, or contact our Box Office on 1800 444 444 (9am - 5pm AEST, Mon-Fri) or [email protected].