FAQ & NEWCOMERs’ GUIDE


Welcome! We hope that if you’re reading this page that you will be enjoying one of our concerts soon!

At the Danville Symphony Orchestra you will encounter a variety of great music from classical pieces to family-friendly concerts that feature talented guest artists, local performers, and of course the skilled musicians of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.

We are passionate about growing our audience and are dedicated to ensuring those “new” and “seasoned” concert attendees have a great experience before they even sit in their concert seats! We want you to keep coming back, concert after concert and season after season, so we have compiled a list of questions commonly asked by those visiting the DSO. Have additional questions? Give us a message on Facebook, e-mail, or call our office!

WHERE DO YOU PERFORM?

The DSO has been based in Danville, IL., since 1967 and plays most concerts at the Danville High School Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. However, the 2019-2020 concert season features one performance at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, IL.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Many of our patrons enjoy dressing up for concerts, while there are some that like to keep it casual. We want you to be comfortable at our performance, so your attire is your choice!

WHAT IS A GOOD SEAT?

All of our patrons have their own preference! Each seat in the auditorium offers its’ own benefits - center (not too close to the stage and musicians but not too far away), the front of the balcony (for a great view of the orchestra), and aisle seats (easy access).

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A TICKET?

Section ‘A’ - $35, Section ‘B’ - $25, Section ‘C’ - $20, Student - $10. However, if you are a newcomer, we just strongly suggest a season subscription! Subscribers receive lower ticket prices, priority seating options, and more!

WHAT HAPPENS AT A CONCERT?

At the start of the concert, the concertmaster (the first chair violinist) will walk on stage. The audience claps as a welcome and sign of appreciation to all musicians on the stage. Following the orchestra tuning up, the Maestro will take the stage and everyone will clap to welcome the director, too. Then it all settles down and the music begins. There will be an intermission in the middle of the concert, where you can stretch and purchase refreshments. In between, though, just relax and enjoy the music!

CAN I BRING MY PHONE?

We ask that you please keep your phones silent or off during a symphony performance. However, we encourage you to take photos when the orchestra is not playing but don’t forget to tag us, we love to see your faces! You can find us on Facebook at “Danville Symphony.”

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?

You are more than welcome to take photos of yourself, friends, and family when the orchestra is not performing. However, as soon as the house lights go down, we ask that you please refrain from camera use.

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

It’s up to you! Generally, most standard-length classical concerts are not recommended for small children as these concerts require an attention span more suitable for older ages. If you chose to bring your child, we ask that you please be considerate of others enjoying the concert and exit the auditorium if your child is unable to remain silent.

WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL SEATING NEEDS?

Wheelchair accessible seats* and companion seats are available on the main floor at our concert venues. For more information about these tickets, please call the DSO Office at (217) 443-5300.

Patrons who use walkers, canes, or crutches may want to consider purchasing seats near or on an aisle for better accessibility.

*These seating areas are specifically designed for parking a personal wheelchair.