Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time at the Belcher Center or to a Longview Symphony Orchestra concert, you may have some questions. Let us help you make your experience the best possible.

What should I wear?

Most of our patrons will be wearing business casual to after-five evening wear. While you won’t see many people in jeans, everyone is welcome and please do not let attire prevent you from attending a concert. The most important aspect is that your attire be respectful to your fellow audience members and orchestra. While people today in general tend to dress casually, we invite you to make each concert more special by dressing up. Typical attire is as follows:

Gentlemen: jackets, collared shirts and dress pants

Ladies: dresses, skirts or dress pants

What time should I arrive?

All Longview Symphony Orchestra performances begin at 7:30 p.m. It is best to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled performance, which will leave you plenty of time for parking, picking up tickets, visiting the restroom and locating your seat. You will also be able to enjoy pre-concert entertainment and socialize with friends.

What happens if I arrive late?

In consideration of your fellow audience members, those who arrive after the concert begins will be asked to wait to be seated until an appropriate pause between pieces.

Can I take a call?

Please be sure to turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices which emit sounds. Using such devices, as well as all video and audio recording devices, during the performance is strictly prohibited. Just as in a movie theater, using your mobile device during the performance is a major distraction. Ushers may ask you to put your device away or escort you from the hall in the event of any infraction.

Can I bring a snack or drink?

Food and drinks are not allowed in the concert hall and alcoholic beverages are not permited in the Belcher Center. If you anticipate the need for a cough drop or similar item, we suggest that you have a few unwrapped and stored in a container so you may access it quietly during the concert.

May I bring my children to the concert?

Young children and infants have a difficult time sitting quietly and still in formal concerts. A general guideline is that children under the age of six should not be brought to concerts. The length of works can vary from piece to piece. In some cases, your child may be asked to remain in his or her seat quietly for up to 30 minutes without an opportunity to quietly leave the auditorium. If you bring children, please sit toward the exits of the auditorium in case you must make an exit.

Golden Rules for Symphony Audiences

Courtesy of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and Lincoln Center in New York City.

  1. Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfumes and colognes!
  2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is a part of the experience. Children love learning new things.
  3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the concert begins.
  4. Make sure cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are off...and don’t jangle the bangles.
  5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.
  6. Note to lovebirds: when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view.
  7. Thou shalt not talk, or whisper, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part.
  8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse or bag.
  9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the concert is in progress is discourteous.
  10. The old standby: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  11. Don't do anything that makes people notice you instead of the performance.
  12. Be courteous.
  13. Use good judgment.
  14. Use the restroom before the concert.