The easiest way to buy tickets is right here, online! All you have to do is browse our concerts, pick programs that appeal to you, and order through our secure, online system. If you have any questions, just give our friendly Patron Services Representatives a call, email us, or stop by our Ticket Office downtown.
Choosing where to sit is a breeze with our interactive seat map, where you can check out the views from around the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall before you buy.
Everyday, casual clothes are just fine at our concerts – this is Portland, after all. On the other hand, going to the Symphony can be a great excuse to dress up for a fun night out, if that’s more your cup of tea.
You’ll probably want to arrive around 30 minutes early for your first concert, or 45 minutes early if you need to pick your tickets up from will call. This leaves time to park, check out the historic building, peruse the program book, enjoy a drink or snack if you’d like, and find your seat.
We understand; sometimes life gets in the way. Our ushers will show you into the hall at the next suitable break in the program, usually after the first piece or at intermission. Some programs though do not have an intermission or another opportunity for late seating.
Clapping is a great way to show your appreciation for the performers. It’s part of what fuels us when we play! If you aren’t sure when to clap, don’t worry – you can easily join in once the applause has begun.
If you sign up for our Concert Concierge emails, we’ll send a reminder with the estimated program length and other useful details before each of your concerts.
Each program is different, but most last about two hours and include a 20-minute intermission. Kids Concerts typically last one hour with no intermission.
Those that aren’t can still be a wonderful experience for older children. You know your kids best. Can they sit comfortably – and quietly – through a two hour program? Our kid-friendly programming is probably a better fit for kids under age seven, and no children younger than three are allowed at regular concerts.
Note that all concertgoers, regardless of age, must be ticketed.
You might be surprised to hear that we sometimes encourage you to take pictures with your phone, or to participate on social media. Most of the time, though, we’ll ask you to silence your phone before the concert begins. If you aren’t sure, just ask an usher and they’ll be glad to let you know. The best photo opportunities are right before the conductor arrives and immediately following the concert.
Audio and video recording are not allowed at Oregon Symphony concerts out of respect for the performers and your fellow concertgoers.
Check out our convenient list of recommended restaurants for the best spots near the hall.
Absolutely not! That’s one of the great things about music – it has a way of reaching all of us.
Still, options abound if you’d like to learn about the music beforehand: