How to DSSO
New to the symphony experience?
We are excited to welcome you to Symphony Hall! New experiences bring a breath of fresh air into our lives, moving us out of the everyday rhythms of life into something new and invigorating.
There are beautiful details of every concert, and there are many ways to explore those details even before you arrive at Symphony Hall. Whether you read the bulletin or listen to the spotify playlist, you will get a peek into the brilliant depth of the music.
Below you will find many potential questions, answered, to help make your experience more enjoyable.
About the concert
About the orchestra
- Strings – violins (smallest, and highest in pitch), violas, cellos, and double basses (largest and lowest in pitch). These players sit in a semicircle directly in front of the conductor and make up more than half the orchestra.
- Woodwinds – flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and related instruments. These players sit a few rows back from the conductor, in the center of the orchestra.
- Brass – trumpets, horns, trombones, tubas, and similar instruments. These instruments are the loudest, so you’ll see them in the rear of the orchestra.
- Percussion – drums, bells, tympani, the harp, and, on occasion, the piano. Some works use lots of different percussion; others may have a single musician playing the tympani, or no percussion at all. The percussion section is also found at the rear of the orchestra.