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West Valley Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Cal Kellogg


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the vista center for the arts auditorium


How long will the concert last?


Concerts vary in length depending on the music being performed. Most concerts last between 90 minutes and two hours including one intermission.


How should I dress?


It is commonly believed that there is a formal or informal dress code but, in fact, there is no dress code. Most people will be wearing business casual or slightly dressy casual clothes so you’ll see everything from khakis to suits & ties.


It is your experience – anything that makes you feel comfortable is fine.


If you do decide to dress up though, please go easy on the cologne and perfume. It can cause discomfort to someone with allergies seated near you.


When should I arrive?


Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before concert time so you can purchase your ticket or pick up your tickets at Will Call, find your seat, turn off your cell phone, take a look at your surroundings, absorb the atmosphere, and have time to glance through the program book.


Most concerts start on time so if you’re late, you may end up listening from the lobby! If that happens, the usher will allow you inside during a suitable pause in the program so that your arrival won’t disturb other concertgoers.


I’ve never been to an orchestra concert before. What should I expect?


Expect to enjoy yourself! This is the time to let go of any preconceptions you may have about symphonic music or the concert experience. Some things about the concert may seem strange because they’re new to you, but if you just focus on the music, you’ll have a great time.


Watch the musicians and Maestro and notice how they interact with each other. Open yourself up to the music…feel the rhythms…follow the tunes. Notice the ebbs and flows, sometimes delicate and ephemeral….other times surging and powerful!


Are children allowed at concerts?


We love to see children in the audience! A live performance does require the ability to sit quietly in order to avoid disturbing the people seated around you. Some children are ready by age 6 while others take a bit longer. You know your child best so we leave it up to you.

Here is a wonderful article by Holly Mulcahy about how to prepare your children for a concert, “Kids at the Symphony? A How To Guide”.


When should I clap?


Once the music starts people usually reserve their applause until after the final movement of each piece. However, this can lead to some confusion because most pieces have movements which have periods of silence. Here’s a hint that may help you decipher a movement from the end of the piece: look at the conductor’s arms - when they go down, there is a good chance the piece is over!


If in doubt, cheating by watching your neighbor is perfectly acceptable. Should you find yourself moved to clap in a place that your neighbor does not clap … no worries … the Maestro and orchestra appreciate your enthusiasm!


How can I help?


You can support the orchestra in a number of ways.

Buying your tickets is one way, but ticket sales only cover approximately 50% of our expenses.


Here are a couple of other ideas to consider:

  • Buy an extra ticket and bring someone along who has never experienced the power and magnificence of a live performance of symphonic music.

  • Contributions can take many forms: a direct donation or via a matching gift from an employer.

  • Consider a planned or legacy gift.

  • Recognize someone special with a gift in their honor, or make a gift as a memorial tribute to someone dear.

  • Sponsorships: Becoming a Concert Sponsor, a Guest Artist Sponsor or a Principal Chair Sponsor is another great way to show your support.

  • Volunteer: Consider joining the Burgundy Brigade at The Vista Center for the Performing Arts. Volunteers in the Brigade work as greeters, ushers, ticket scanners and more.  For more information, click below.

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