Concert Tips

We have compiled the following tips to make Sammamish Symphony concerts enjoyable for you and your fellow audience members. Please click on a topic below to read more.

Concert Attire

There is no set dress for concerts. Some patrons like to dress more formally and wear suits and dresses, while others opt for the comfort of jeans and t-shirts. Wear what makes you comfortable and best represents yourself.

Length of Performance

Program length varies, but a typical Sammamish Symphony performance lasts about two hours, including one intermission.


Many works in classical music, such as a Beethoven symphony or Mozart piano concerto, have three or more movements or sections. A short pause usually falls between each of them. It has become customary over time not to clap during these short pauses. To find out the number of movements (and corresponding number of pauses) in a piece, turn to the program page in your program book. You will find that each work is subdivided by movement (usually indicated by tempo markings in Italian). After the last movement, clap to your heart's content.

Learning when it is proper to applaud is often tricky. When the conductor drops his arms and turns around, it usually indicates that this is the end of a piece. If you are not sure, take a cue from those around you.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones, watch alarms, pagers, cameras, and other electronic devices should be turned off prior to performances in the concert hall. These devices could cause a disturbance and are a distraction to musicians and other patrons.


Even the quietest whispers can be heard in the concert hall and can prove to be a distraction to patrons and musicians alike. Save your comments until intermission or after the concert, it will give you and your friends much more to discuss.

Cameras and Recorders

Cameras as well as other recording devices can create major distractions for the musicians and audience members around you. As a result, no still/video cameras, or tape recorders are permitted in the concert hall.


Children must be accompanied by an adult. This adult is responsible for making sure each child is respectful of fellow audience members and the musicians and does not cause any disturbance.

During the Performance

Once a concert is underway, we request that you don't talk, whisper, sing, hum, or move personal belongings. This will ensure that you, other patrons, and the performers enjoy the full benefits of the performance. Patrons should also refrain from entering and exiting the hall while a performance is in progress. Young volunteers are stationed at entrances and exits. If you must leave your seat, please proceed quickly and quietly to the nearest door. Please note that if you leave during the performance, you will not be allowed back into the hall until an appropriate break in the program.

During Intermission

Most Sammamish Symphony concerts have one intermission. During intermission, patrons may use the facilities, or enjoy food and beverages in the lobby area. No food or beverage is allowed inside the hall during concerts.

Late Seating

If you arrive after a performance has begun, our volunteers will do their best to seat you during an appropriate pause in the program. However, late seating is not always available at all performances. Please try to be on time.

Eating and Drinking, Coughing and Sneezing

We want our concerts to be pleasurable for you and those around you.

Neither eating nor drinking is permitted inside the hall. Snacks and beverages are available in the lobby area during intermission.

Please try to refrain from coughing or sneezing while the musicians are playing. If you need to use a cough drop, please unwrap them before the concert starts.

If you cannot suppress a cough, please excuse yourself from the hall until you feel better.