29 Sep 2017

If you are a first-time guest to the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and/or the Blaisdell Concert Hall, you may be unsure what to expect – and what’s expected of you. Here are some tips to ensure a wonderful experience.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

You’ll notice apparel ranging from business aloha to after-five eveningwear. Though you won’t see many people in jeans, wear what is comfortable when dressing for the afternoon or evening event. The concert hall can get cool, so we encourage concertgoers to have a scarf, sweater or light jacket on hand.

DO I NEED TO KNOW THE MUSIC BEFORE I ATTEND A PERFORMANCE?

Not at all! One of the great delights of going to a Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra concert is being introduced to a great piece of music you’ve never heard before. Of course, many of our concertgoers get enjoyment from an outstanding performance of a piece they have known for years. Some of our regular patrons find they appreciate the live performance more if they listen to a recording of the piece before the concert so they can better anticipate their favorite parts. However, most of our audience members agree that attending a live concert enhances their enjoyment of the music.

JOIN OUR CONCERTMASTER IGGY JANG AS HE TALKS STORY WITH OUR GUEST ARTISTS.

We invite our ticketed guests to join us in the Blaisdell Concert Hall one hour before every Halekulani Masterworks concert for our FREE Concert Conversation. These informal presentations give our concertgoers an opportunity to converse with the artists and learn more about the program. These programs will enhance your concert experience!

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE BLAISDELL CONCERT HALL?

If you aren’t attending our Concert Conversations, It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled performance begins. This leaves time for parking, picking up tickets at will call if necessary, visiting the restroom and finding your seat. You will then also have time to experience pre-concert lobby events and stop by the HSO Merchandise Table.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I ARRIVE LATE?

In consideration of the comfort and listening pleasure of other audience members, patrons who arrive after the concert begins will be asked to wait to be seated until an appropriate pause between pieces.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

We kindly ask that all concertgoers silence their cell phones and any other electronic devices before entering the concert hall. Smartphones and other devices are permitted inside the hall, but please refrain from having it out during the concert as the light from the screen may disturb those around you. Photographs, recordings or videos of HSO concerts are strictly prohibited. Ushers may ask you to put your device away or escort you from the hall in the event of any infraction.

We look forward to seeing you at the performance!

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