We are excited to welcome you to our concerts this season!
There is so much good music happening here, and we want to make sure you get the most out of the afternoon or evening you’ll spend with us.
We’ve included some information below that we hope makes you feel comfortable when you’re here, so you can focus on the reason you’re here in the first place: the music!
What should I wear?
We love to see all kinds of styles at our concerts! Whether you are dressing up for a night out on the town, or wearing your most comfortable clothes for a truly relaxing concert experience, we hope to see you looking and feeling your best while enjoying the focus of the concerts: the music.
When do I applaud?
There is a long-standing "unwritten rule" that you don't applaud between movements of a work. There's an interesting history of why this came about, see <this article>. "Claques" have vanished into the mists of history, but the tradition of suppressing their disruptive antics continues, and it causes a lot of uncomfortable embarrassment to newcomers who don't know this secret rule, or don't already know the music well enough to know exactly when a piece has ended.
So here's our rule: please applaud when you are truly moved to applaud. The musicians love it: it tells them they knocked it out of the park. The (living) composers love it, for the same reason.
And here's an added hint: classical music will sometimes have a break for effect -- it's called a Grand Pause -- where everyone stops playing in the middle of a piece, but it isn't the end. You will always know when these happen, because the conductor will have their hands up in the air: this is to keep the orchestra from thinking it's the end of the piece, and packing up their instruments and leaving. When you see that, it's a good time to hold your applause and enjoy the suspense.
Attending a symphony concert is a great way for most people to step out of their normal daily routine and experience something inspiring. We prefer to leave our devices alone once the concert begins so we, and others around us, can focus on the music. That way you’ll be along for the ride, and won’t miss a single moment. So, please, turn off your cell phone.
The Ukiah Symphony offers wine, beer, and other non-alcoholic beverages before the concert, as well as during the 15-minute intermission.
Free Pre-concert Talks
Pre-concert talks begin one hour prior to all concerts. This 30-minute introduction to the concert takes you through many details about the music, including fascinating information about the composers, the history, and the pieces on the program. You’ll get to hear excerpts of the music so you’ll have an idea of what to expect, and you may even get to meet the guest artists.
When should I arrive?
Though our concerts start at 8:00pm on Saturdays, and 2:00pm on Sundays, we offer the above-mentioned free pre-concert talks (at 7pm/1pm, 1 hour before the performance) by our Music Director, Dr. Phillip Semyon Lenberg.
After the talk, the Gallery in the theater lobby will be open for wine, art, and conversation before the concert, as well as during the 15-minute intermission. We encourage you to have a drink and talk about the music with someone new!
If you want to buy your ticket at the door, we'd recommend that you show up at least twenty minutes before the concert starts, have a drink, and get comfortable for the night.
Where can I buy tickets?
Credit/Debit Card or ECheck only.
In Ukiah - The Mendocino Book Company
102 S. School Street, Ukiah, CA 95482.
Cash or Check Only.
At the door, please arrive early.
Cash, Check, or Credit/Debit Card.
If you sign up for our newsletter and provide a mailing address, we send out a flyer every summer with the coming season schedule, and you can order season tickets by mail.
You can sign up for our newsletter <HERE>.