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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What do I wear?
    In the past, going to a symphony concert meant wearing your “Sunday Best”. That isn’t necessarily the case now! Our musicians are happy to have an audience to share their talents with, the last thing on our mind is what you are wearing. Some patrons like to dress up and others like to keep it casual. We just ask that whatever attire you choose, is respectful to those around you.
  • Where do I park?
    We are pleased to have our concerts hosted at the Historic Visalia Fox Theatre! Downtown Visalia is a great place to explore and there is plenty of parking for all. Please, click below to view the map.
  • When should I arrive?
    Doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the concerts begin promptly at 7:30 P.M. We recommend arriving at least 20-30 minutes early to find your seats, enjoy the many delicious items at the concessions stand, sit in on the pre-concert talk, and mingle with fellow patrons. Some concerts may have event enhancements for you to enjoy, like a photo area or tastings!
  • What happens if I am late for the concert?
    We understand that life happens, dinner takes too long, you can’t find a parking spot, etc. Our concerts do begin promptly at 7:30 P.M. Once the Maestro takes the stage, the doors to the theatre are closed and you will be asked to wait in the lobby until there is an appropriate break in the music, at which point you will then be brought to your seat.
  • What ages are welcome?
    The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra welcomes patrons of all ages! Live music knows no specific demographic. We encourage young people to attend our concerts, whether it is with their family, school, band, etc. The impact of symphonic music is significant, and we want all who wish to attend to enjoy it. Student tickets are available at a discounted cost, please call 559-732-8600 or email info@sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com for more details.
  • Do I have to know “classical” music to enjoy it?
    Not at all! The only experts are on the stage, and they will take it from there. You do not need to know the name of a movement of music to feel the emotions of the piece. All you need to do is arrive and be ready to be immersed in the world of music.
  • How long is the concert?
    Our concerts on average can run for two, or two and half hours. We do have an intermission time in-between acts.
  • Do you sell concessions?
    Our friends at the Visalia Fox Theatre do have concessions available for purchase during the concerts. From cold beverages (water, soda, delicious adult options from Bueno Beverage Company), wine and candy. On our film nights, you can purchase hot, fresh popcorn!
  • Where can I eat before (or after) the show?
    There is no shortage of delicious options in Downtown Visalia! Click HERE to view local eateries. Just be sure to arrive on time for the concert!
  • Is there a pre-concert talk?
    Yes! Our Music Director, Bruce Kiesling takes the stage at 6:45 P.M. before each concert to discuss the music for the evening. For our film nights, Bruce will also share how the “movie magic” happens for our orchestra to perform the score alongside the film.
  • When should I clap?
    This is a question some orchestras are answering differently, and we understand it can be confusing. The protocol of late has been to wait until a piece has completely ended to applause. However, we understand that this may be your first time joining us and the experience of live symphonic music can make one want to cheer! Maestro Bruce Kiesling does a wonderful job explaining each piece before the orchestra begins to play and gives guidance on when to applaud.
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