First Timers' Guide

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our concerts soon!

Below we have tried to answer some of the questions you might have before your first visit. If there is anything else you would like to know, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

By phone at ASO Reception: (08) 8233 6233
Via Facebook Messenger

If you need specific information about the venues we perform at (including transport, parking and dining options) here:


What can I expect from a classical music concert?

Expect to enjoy yourself!
Let go of any presumptions you may have about the classical music concert experience. This is an opportunity to open your mind and to allow yourself to be taken on a journey by the conductor and musicians through the music. Some do this by watching the orchestra or the conductor. Some do this with their eyes shut. Experiment. Enjoy.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code. For evening concerts, many patrons come from work in business-appropriate attire or dressed for a night out. For matinees, Family Concerts, and Gigs at Grainger some patrons often dress more casually.

When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the concert start time. This will give you enough time to park, find your seat, look over the program, and relax before the music begins. You may want to arrive earlier – to have a drink with family and friends, or to attend a Pre-Concert Talk presented prior to many ASO concerts.

What about clapping?

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.

Do I need to know anything about the music before I come?

Absolutely not! That’s one of the great things about music – it has a way of reaching all of us.

Still, many people enjoy learning about the music beforehand and you have many options to do so:

  • If you arrive an hour before our Master Series Concerts at the Aadelaide Town Hall, you can attend our FREE pre-concert Classical Conversations in the main auditorium, they are lively discussions about the music on the program.
  • You can download a program from the concert web page, and read about the music, the composers and the artists. Printed programs will also be available for sale at most of our concert at the concert venue. Click here for program note archives.
  • Finally, you can listen to the music before the concert! Listening to the music you can help you explore your taste and find what you like best. Our concert webpages have spotify playlists and youtube videos for you.