Below are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Symphony experience. We hope this information is helpful and makes your first time with the El Paso Symphony a pleasant one!
Generally, El Paso Symphony performances are held in the Plaza Theatre located downtown on Mills Street.
At our performances you will see a wide variety of clothing, including suits, khakis, slacks and skirts. Generally, business casual is a good way to go!
Children 5 and over are welcome to attend our regular classical concerts.
Generally, our concerts begin at 7:30pm. Most performances last about 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.
We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. This will allow time to find parking and to find your seat in the theater. Once the concert has started patrons will be seated at appropriate intervals.
Late arrivals to concerts will be seated at the first appropriate seating break in consideration of the performers and other patrons. It is possible that persons arriving late may not be seated in their own seats until intermission.
Parking is available in the El Paso Convention Center in the underground parking garage on Santa Fe Street, $10.00 fee. Mills Plaza Parking Garage on Oregon Street (behind the Plaza Theatre) is a 24-hour garage, $15.00 fee. Plaza Hotel Parking Garage across the street from the Plaza Theatre is a 24-hour garage, $15.00 fee. Street parking and other options are also available.
For most repertoire, it is appropriate to clap at the completion of the piece. Most symphonies consist of numerous "movements." Movements are like chapters in a book. They usually have a short pause in between them. The story isn't complete until all the chapters have been read. The conductor may keep his back to the audience or hands raised between movements indicating that the piece is not over. When the piece is over the conductor will lower his baton completely and then turn to face the audience. It is customary that the audience clap only at the completion of the entire symphony. Please feel free to show your appreciation at the end of the piece. If you're not sure, just wait until the rest of the audience begins clapping.