Behavior at Classical Performances

Manchester University hosts a number of classical music performances – several with VIA credit. These performances are for the entire community, not just the University. They were not created for VIA credit but rather to enrich our lives. We are invited guests who, hopefully, will be invited back.


For many, this will be your first symphonic or classical performance, which is a whole different world from a rock concert, for example. Here’s what to expect and how to be respectful of not only the performers but also others in the audience:

  • Many in the audience will dress up for the occasion, for it IS an occasion. Usually, the musicians are in formal attire. This is not a time for grubs. Show some respect.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before the performance and find your seat quickly. The doors will close promptly at curtain time.
  • Do not distract other concert-goers from fully enjoying the performance. Turn off all cell phones and electronic devices. NEVER take a call. NEVER text. If you are expecting an urgent call, don’t enter the auditorium.
  • No homework during the concert, unless you need to take notes for a related class. Use pen and paper. This is no place for laptops, iPads or other devices.
  • If you are not attending to enjoy the concert, do not go in the first place. VIA offers lots of opportunities during the semester for credits.
  • No food or drink in the auditorium.
  • Please be respectful until the end of the performance. VIA events are not guaranteed to be over within an hour.
  • Show your appreciation with applause at the end of the piece, and end of the concert.

Sit back and enjoy!

Sincerely,
The VIA Committee


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