Mythbusting the Orchestral Experience

MYTH #1: IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE
You can attend one of our concerts for about the same amount of money as it takes to buy lunch or take in a movie.  (join a Friends list and the tickets are discounted even further. And several of our concerts each year are admission by koha.)

MYTH #2: I WON’T GET THE SEATS I WANT
Friends have priority seating. Whilst we generally have ‘any seat’ admission, at some of our venues you can have your seat assigned when you purchase a ticket.

MYTH #3: MY SCHEDULE IS TOO HECTIC
Some of our concerts are only an hour long. And they happen on different days at different times (usually over weekends). Better still, we almost always have tickets for sale pre-concert so you can decide at the last minute.

MYTH #4: I WON’T KNOW WHEN TO CLAP
Clap whenever you feel moved to (although best not in the middle of a piece of music!). We have over 200 musicians who love to play their hearts out for you, and your applause means everything to them. When in doubt, wait for others around you to clap and join in!

MYTH #5: PEOPLE WEAR EVENING GOWNS AND TUXEDOS TO CONCERTS.
It’s true you may see some people in their finery occasionally. But you’ll also see blue jeans and suits and everything in between. As a general rule, “business casual” is always a safe bet. We invite you to dress comfortably, because, after all, we’re all here for the music, and most times, there’s enough formal dress from the musicians anyway. .

MYTH #6: I’LL NEED A DEGREE IN MUSIC TO APPRECIATE IT
Do you have to be a gourmet chef to enjoy a fantastic meal? You don’t need to know the music on the program to have a meaningful experience. Our hosts at the Friends desk can provide you with all of the need to know facts. And our programme (sold at the door at each concert)  also contains interesting trivia about the music, composers and guest artist.

MYTH #7: ORCHESTRAS CATER ONLY TO WEALTHY, OLDER ADULTS.
We are a charitable trust and we want to delight all segments of the population, including children through our youth concerts, education programs, and the United Youth Orchestra. All of our concerts appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, from lifelong fans to young music students to casual listeners. And because we have three Orchestras who all do different things, there’s something for everyone. Children are welcome (and always no-cost admission) at all of our concerts (other than our Education concerts which is especially for school children and carries a small charge).  We also have activity packs at the Friends desk if you are bringing a fidgeter!

MYTH #8: I DON’T NEED TO PRE-BOOK TICKETS
Don’t count on it. Some of our concerts sell out quickly. And we are in the process of creating a season ticket because we know that happy season ticket holders renew their seats year after year, making it difficult to get good seats at the last minute.

MYTH #9: THE ORCHESTRA IS COMPRISED OF AMATEUR MUSICIANS.
TWSO is absolutely – that’s our community Orchestra. And so is United Youth Orchestra which is made up largely of teens. Opus Orchestra has contracted musicians who are all accomplished professionals. Most live and work in our community, teaching music and playing with other ensembles. And all three orchestras are bursting with passionate, talented, committed musicians whatever their playing level.

MYTH #10: I WON’T BE ABLE TO SOCIALIZE WITH FRIENDS
Come early or stay late and make an evening of it and have dinner with friends. A concert is a great excuse to have an uplifting experience with a friend or a romantic evening with that special someone.

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