First Timers Guide

Welcome to the Boise Phil. Make your first experience a relaxing and enjoyable one by browsing our FAQ’s. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 208 344.7849. We’ll see you at the Phil.

Will I enjoy the concert?

Definitely. Classical music is exciting and unpredictable. It is unlimited in its ability to express the full range of human emotion. You’ll likely recognize much of the music, as works by great classical composers are often used in movies, commercials, and tv shows.

What is a subscription?

When you purchase a subscription to the Phil, you gain admission to all the concerts in a series, whether it’s the classical, pops, or chamber series. Subscribers enjoy many exclusive benefits, including lower ticket prices. For the classical and pops series, you also have the ability to sit in the same seats for every concert in the series and access ticket exchange privileges.

For more information, visit our Tickets and Packages page.

How can I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at our office, online, at the box office an hour before the concert, or by telephone.

When should I arrive?

Doors open an hour before the scheduled concert start time. We recommend arriving early to avoid traffic and parking issues. If attending a classical series concert, consider coming to our Pre-Concert with the Phil event with Jamey Lamar, which begins an hour before the concert.

What should I wear?

Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, whether jeans or tails.

When do I clap?

Sometimes a piece sounds as if it’s finished, but it’s actually just the end of the movement. (You can look at your program book to find out how many movements a piece has.) If you’re unsure, you can wait for the rest of the audience to clap or the conductor to turn around before you join in.

Can I bring the kids?

Our classical concerts are best suited for children age 8 and older, as they tend to be too long for young children. However, kids of all ages will enjoy our pops series, Silent Movies, chamber concerts, and holiday programs.

How long is a typical performance?

Most classical series performances run about two hours, including one 20-minute intermission. Most Uncorked chamber concerts run about one hour, with no intermission.

Can I buy food or drink at the performance?

At classical series performances, food and drinks will be available for purchase before the concert and during intermission. At Uncorked chamber concerts, beverages will be available for purchase before and after the performance.

How can I learn more about the Boise Phil?

Connect with the Boise Phil on Facebook and Instagram to learn about the various concerts and events happening in the Treasure Valley.

You can also sign up to receive email notifications about concerts and events put on by the Boise Phil.

Additionally, visit our LEARN MORE page to see our wide array of programs that will enhance your listening experience.