Beginner’s Guide

If you are a first-time visitor to the Dallas Symphony and the Meyerson Symphony Center, you may be unsure what to expect - and what's expected of you. Here are some tips to help you enjoy an enlightening evening.

What should I wear?

You'll notice apparel ranging from business casual to after-five evening wear. Though you won't see many people in jeans, wear what is comfortable when dressing for a night at one of Dallas's premier entertainment venues, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.


Do I need to know the music before I attend a performance?

No. One of the great joys of going to a Dallas Symphony concert is being introduced to a great piece of music you've never heard before. You may also enjoy a superb performance of a piece you have known for years. Some regular concertgoers find they appreciate the performance more if they listen to a recording of the piece before the concert so they can better anticipate their favorite parts, or listen to virtuosic playing of the most difficult passages. Many audience members find that attending a live concert enhances their enjoyment of the music.

Ticketed guests are invited to join us in Horchow Hall one hour before every Texas Instruments Classical Series concert for FREE Performance Preludes. These informal presentations are designed to enhance your concert experience. Laugh and learn with the most knowledgeable music experts in North Texas as they share the stories behind the music.


When should I arrive at the Meyerson Symphony Center?

It is best to arrive at least thirty minutes before the scheduled performance begins. This leaves time for parking, picking up tickets, visiting the restroom and finding your seat. You will then also have time to experience pre-concert lobby events and shop the Symphony Store.

If you are attending a free Performance Prelude, plan to arrive one hour before the performance. Go directly to Horchow Hall, located behind the Box Office on the Lower Level of the Meyerson Symphony Center.


What happens if I arrive late?

In consideration of the comfort and listening pleasure of other audience members, patrons who arrive after the concert begins will be asked to wait to be seated until an appropriate pause between pieces. Patrons may also hear and view the concert on flat screens located next to the Box Office.

What is the policy on bringing children to an adult/regular performance?

Children under 4 may not be admitted (except for family or youth concerts). 

electronic devices

Please be sure to silence your cell phone or any other electronic devices before entering the concert hall. Smart phones and other devices are permitted inside the hall, but please refrain from having it out during the concert as the light from the screen may disturb those around you. The taking of photographs or the recording of Dallas Symphony Orchestra concerts is strictly prohibited.  


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