Pensacola Symphony Orchestra - Peter Rubardt, Music Director Pensacola Symphony Orchestra - Peter Rubardt, Music Director

What to Expect

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

You can expect anywhere between 60 and 100 musicians onstage performing music and led by a conductor. Before the concert starts, the concertmaster (leader of the violin section) will come on stage and the orchestra will tune. The conductor will walk onto the stage shortly after and the concert will start. About halfway through the performance there will be a 20 minute intermission.

When should I arrive at the Saenger Theatre?

If you already have your tickets, we recommend arriving 30 minutes early to find your seat and get settled. If you have your tickets in will-call, we recommend arriving 15 minutes early. The doors to the lobby open one hour prior to each concert.

What should I wear?

We suggest business or business casual attire, but you are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable. Come as you are and enjoy the music.

How long will the concert be?

Our concerts are approximately two hours long, including a 20 minute intermission.

Why is there an intermission, and what should I do during it?

Intermission lasts about 20 minutes and gives the performers and audience a chance to take a break before the second half of the performance. You are welcome to use the facilities, grab some refreshments, chat with friends, or stay in your seat.

What if I arrive late to a performance?

You will be seated as quickly as possible without disrupting other patrons. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the house manager and ushers, typically between movements or at the conclusion of the first piece.

How can I learn more about the music before the concert?

You do not need to learn anything beforehand to enjoy the concert; however, we do offer many opportunities for you to do so. Many of our patrons find that learning about the music contributes to their enjoyment. Here are some of the ways you can find out more about each of the pieces prior to the concert:

  • ‘Cues from the Maestro’ in our e-newsletter
  • Maestro Rubardt’s interview on WUWF 88.1 and on our website during the week before the concert
  • Program Notes inside of program book or on the event web page


Can I eat or drink at the Saenger?

Concessions are sold in the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside the Saenger Theatre.

Are events accessible to special needs patrons?

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra is committed to ensuring accessibility for all patrons. Please contact the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra office if you have any concerns.

Can I bring my kids?

Absolutely! Generally speaking, though, live symphony orchestra performances do take a certain level of concentration so, for the sake of other audience members, we recommend that children under 7 not attend.

Can I take pictures?

Pictures can be taken prior to the performance, at intermission, and after the show. Please do not take pictures during the performance as they can be distracting to both performers and fellow audience members.

When should I clap?

You can clap when you feel moved to do so, but it is customary to applaud when the concertmaster (first violin) and conductor walk on stage, and at the end of a piece after all movements are finished.

What if I’ve lost my tickets?

We will get you into the concert! Please call the Symphony Office at 850·435·2533 to let us know.

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