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Much of the ceremony of a classical music concert leans heavily on tradition. The problem with this is that some of the things that happen can be befuddling, or even worse, alienating to those new to the experience. The aim of this page is to help demystify classical music concerts for those new to them (or just to serve as a refresher for frequent attendees). Here are a few pointers:

  1. Please silence your phones.

  2. Sit back, relax and chat while the orchestra warms up.

  3. When lights dim the first chair violinist, called the concertmaster walks out on stage.  The audience will generally applaud when the concertmaster enters. 

  4. The concertmaster will give a signal to the first oboist, who will play a tuning note, first for the winds, then again for the strings. 

  5. When the conductor enters, the orchestra stands (a gesture of respect) and the audience applauds again as the conductor acknowledges the musicians. Now the orchestra is ready to start.

  6. The audience waits for the end of a piece before applauding its performance. If in doubt, just do what the people around you do.

  7. You don’t have to “dress up," but it sure is fun!


Peery's Egyptian Theater and The Ogden Eccles Conference Center offer convenient covered parking on three levels, with direct access from the garage to the second-floor lobby of the conference center. The parking garage entrance is located on Kiesel Avenue, west of the building.  Additional on-street parking is free after 6:00 pm. There is a two-hour limit before 6:00 pm. On 24th Street (one-half block north of the theater) there are two other places to park. On 24th and Grant Avenue at The Junction (behind the Megaplex 13 theater) is free parking in the structure. The other parking is just east of Washington. On the north side of the street is a parking lot where parking is also free.

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