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 concert!

Will I enjoy the concert?

Definitely. A full orchestra of professional musicians is exciting and dynamic to watch and to hear in person. Classical music is unlimited in its ability to express the full range of human emotions. You’ll likely recognize much of the music, as works by great classical composers are often used in movies, commercials, and tv shows. It’s always helpful to listen to the music before you come to the concert. Just type in the name of a piece into a search engine and you will find many links to listen.

What is a subscription?

When you purchase a subscription to the Phil, you gain admission to the main symphonic concerts in that season. Subscribers enjoy many exclusive benefits, including lower ticket prices. 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 at 11:30 am for the 1:00 matinee and 6:00 pm for the 7:30 evening performance. We recommend arriving early to avoid traffic and parking issues. We also recommend attending our Pre-Concert Talk with Bradley Berg, which begins at 11:45 am and 6:15 pm.

What should I wear?

Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, whether jeans or tails. John Williams attendees can wear character costumes. However, face masks and play weapons are not allowed.

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 aged 8 and older, as they tend to be too long for young children. However, kids of all ages will enjoy our pops concerts, chamber concerts, and holiday programs.

How long is a typical performance?

Most classical performances run about two hours, including one 15-minute intermission. Most chamber concerts run for about one hour, with no intermission.

Can I buy food or drink at the performance?

At Morrison Center performances, food and drinks will be available for purchase before the concert and during intermission. You may take them inside the concert hall.

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.