Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the start of your performance. This will give you ample time to locate parking and find your seat. However, the BPO’s pre-concert talk series, Musically Speaking, begins one hour before all Saturday and Sunday Classics concerts. Community Spotlight features talented school and community musical ensembles and begins one hour prior to select concerts on all series.
Concerts typically last for two hours, with a 20-minute intermission. BPO Kids concerts last for approximately 1 hour and are presented with no intermission.
We’re native Buffalonians, too – we know how essential a warm winter coat is outside, and what a burden it becomes the moment you enter a building. Coat check is available near the Porter Avenue entrance to Kleinhans for a small fee, which helps with the upkeep of the hall.
The bar is open before all concerts and during intermission. It offers a range of alcoholic beverages, as well as coffee, tea, water and soft drinks. The bar also carries some snacks, such as chips and pretzels. Candy is available at the BPO’s gift shop. All major credit cards are accepted at the bar.
Video and still photography is not permitted during any of the BPO’s performances. However, you are free to take pictures in the lobby, in the Mary Seaton Room, at Henry’s, and on the grounds of the hall.
When you come to hear the BPO, you will see patrons dressed in everything from jeans and t-shirts to tuxedos and ball gowns! No one will be turned away because of their clothing, and people tend to dress much less formally for BPO Rocks and Family Series concerts. For a Classics or Pops series concert, aim for a business casual look, and you will blend in well.
Works with multiple movements are traditionally considered part of a whole. Generally, applause is held until each movement has been performed. If you’re unsure what to do, watch the conductor. His or her body language is a great help.
While you don’t need to know anything special to enjoy music, learning a bit about the composers, their influences and their artistic vision will make for a richer experience. The BPO offers many ways to learn more about classical music. Throughout the season, BPO staff and musicians offer free talks at the Lancaster, Audubon and Orchard Park libraries about classical music.
Prior to each Classics series concert, audiences have a chance to hear about the music being performed directly from the conductor or the guest artists at Musically Speaking, sponsored by Uniland Development. Arrive one hour early for the free talk.
You can also read the program notes online a week prior to each concert, or simply arrive early and read them before the concert begins.
The BPO offers a family series on Sunday afternoons that is geared for children between the ages of 6 and 10. These concerts generally last an hour, and feature interaction, pre-concert activities and fun, accessible music.
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Children are welcome at any of our Pops or Classics Series concerts. These concerts last approximately two hours, with a 20 minute intermission, so consider your child’s attention span while planning the experience. We love to see budding fans in our audience. Children under the age of 5 may find concerts more than they can handle. You know your child best, but please be respectful of those around you so everyone has a great concert experience.