What should I wear?

There is no dress code for the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale performances. Most patrons like to get dressed up for a night out to the symphony. However, it is not required.

When should I arrive?

Doors to the Alberta Bair Theater open at 6:30 pm. Concert Cues begins at 6:45 pm. If not planning to attend the discussion, plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the show. This will allow time for you to park, visit the concessions, find your seats and relax before the performance.

How do I find my seat?

There are three levels of seating at the Alberta Bair Theater: the main floor, loge and balcony. Your section and seat number are printed on your ticket. If you are unsure about where your seat is located, there are ushers on each level to assist you.

When is it appropriate to get up from my seat?

Try to wait to use the bathroom or visit the concession at intermission.  If you must leave, please try to wait until there is a pause between movements of the orchestra.  This also applies for taking your seating.  If you arrive late, wait on the side until there is a pause in the music.

How long will the concert run?

Most concerts run between 90 minutes and 2 hours, including intermission.

When do I clap?

A few decades ago, it started to become tradition to refrain from clapping between movements and only applaud at the end of a complete piece of music.  However, historically that wasn’t the case, and you are welcome to applaud after each movement if so inspired! The easiest way to determine when to clap is to watch your fellow concert-goers. The audiences applaud to greet the concertmaster as he enters to tune the orchestra, then again when the Maestra and any soloist take the stage.

Do I need to know anything about the music?

No. Explore our website for more information, but discovering the music for the first time is part of the fun!