Frequently Asked Questions
Parking is free at Holley Hall, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Neel Performing Arts Center. Valet parking, for a nominal fee is available at the Van Wezel. For concerts at the Sarasota Opera House, there are two parking garages available within walking distance of the Opera House at the Plaza at Five Points and 100 Central. Free valet services are also available.
Classical Conversations, informative presentations of each Masterworks program’s musical background, are held the Thursday of each Masterworks concert week at 10:30 a.m. in Holley Hall. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the door. For more information visit the Sarasota Orchestra Friends website.
Arrive within plenty of time to take your seat before the performance begins. We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to start time in order to use the restroom, find your seats, peruse the program and read the program notes to learn a little more about the music that evening.
Performances begin promptly at the scheduled starting time. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate break in the program, as determined by the conductor.
Prior to the performance, please turn off all audio alerts including watch alarms, cell phones, and pagers. If needed, please give any of these items to the house manager, along with your seating location.
Cameras and recording equipment may not be used at any performance.
It is customary to applaud when the conductor enters the stage. You may take this cue from those who can see the conductor's entrance. Most classical works are broken into movements, with a slight pause indicating the end of one movement and the beginning of the next. As a standard practice, applause is held until after all movements of the piece have been completed. If you are unclear as to when the piece has been completed, simply wait until the music has stopped and the conductor has turned around to face the audience. If you just can't restrain your enthusiasm for a particular movement, feel free to clap at its conclusion!
Pets are not allowed in our performance venues. Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome.