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  In Person

Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm: At the Missoula Symphony Association office, located at 320 East Main Street in downtown Missoula, across the street from the Missoula Public Library and next door to the First United Methodist Church. NOTE: We are currently closed to the public.

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  By Phone

Call 406.721.3194


 Q. I've never been to an orchestra concert before. What should I expect?
 Q. What if I don't know anything about classical music? Do I need to study beforehand?
 Q. Will I recognize any of the music?
 Q. What should I wear?
 Q. Should I arrive early?
 Q. How long will the concert be?
 Q. When should I clap?
 Q. What if I need to cough during the concert?
 Q. What should I do with my cell phone during the concert?
 Q. Can I take pictures or record the concert?
 Q. Why is there an intermission, and what should I do during it?
 Q. Can I bring my kids?


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 at the back of the orchestra.

Percussion - the drums, bells, and other fascinating paraphernalia that are struck, plucked, rubbed, etc. This includes the kettledrums, the harp, and, on occasion, the piano. Some works use lots of different percussion; others may have a single musician playing the kettledrums, or no percussion at all. The percussion section is also found at the back of the orchestra.

How can I learn more about classical music?

You can read program notes online in advance of a concert, or in your seat before the concert begins. Some concerts are preceded by free lectures or discussions, and these can be entertaining and enlightening. Sometimes the conductor or soloist even talks about the music during the concert.

But you might not need to "know" more to have a great time at your next concert. Most people who attend concerts frequently find that it's like any other passionate pursuit: The more you do it, the more you enjoy it. Most of the classical works you hear repay frequent listening: The more often you hear a piece, the more wonderful layers you hear in it. If you enjoyed your first concert, plan to come again!

You may find books and recordings that will help you enjoy your next concert even more. Of course, searching the web is a great way to learn more about a particular composer, a particular work or a musical style.

Last, if you have questions about a Missoula Symphony concert, contact us! We'll be glad to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 721-3194 or Click Here to email.