Your First La Musica Concert
Chamber music provides the most intimate, engaging experience in classical music performance. With no more than ten musicians and only one person playing each part, it’s like listening to a group of soloists, each expressing themselves through their part. You don’t need any special knowledge to love chamber music, just a willingness to be open to the expression of the performers. We’ve provided the notes below to help you make the most of your first chamber music experience.
Both performance venues offer barrier-free access.
When to Arrive
Doors to the auditoriums typically open 30 minutes before the performance unless there is a pre-concert talk. Check the concert listing to see if there is a talk for your particular concert. Arriving early will allow you time to read the program notes and learn about the music you are about to hear.
Advance Program Notes
We usually email program notes to people who have purchased their tickets at least four days before the concert along with a program reminder, so it’s important to buy early and give us your email address to take advantage of this.
There is no dress code for our concerts. You are as likely to see people in suits and dresses as you are in shorts and Hawaiian shirts, although many people do like to dress up a bit and make it a “night out.”
It’s traditional at classical music concerts not to applaud after each movement (that is, each part) of a multi-movement piece, but sometimes a movement will have such a big ending that people will burst into spontaneous applause, which is no big deal.
Most concerts will have a short intermission (15 to 20 minutes). At the Opera House, there is a bar with drinks and a few snacks open before the concert and at intermission, but please be sure to be back in your seats before the second half begins. Food and drink are not allowed in the auditoriums at Riverview or the Opera House. And recording or photography during concerts are not allowed.
We look forward to seeing you at a La Musica Chamber Music concert. Do let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience.
PARKING FOR CONCERTS AT SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE AND RIVERVIEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Performances are held at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., and The Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, at the corner of Proctor and Swift.
La Musica provides FREE valet parking at both venues (tipping encouraged). We hope you will use this easy and convenient service.
For the Opera House, public parking is available at the Palm Avenue garage located directly behind the opera house. If you park in this garage, please pay BEFORE returning to your car to save time for you and other patrons. Then when you exit, simply insert your paid ticket into the machine at any of the exits.
Public parking is also available on the second and third floors ONLY of the 2nd Street parking garage, near Whole Foods. This parking garage is within two blocks of the opera house.
Free public parking is available at The Riverview Performing Arts Center.
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