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    What to Expect - audience participation

    Many world, jazz, and pop artists encourage participation from concertgoers, including tapping, humming, singing along, and even dancing. At classical music concerts, however, this behavior may not necessarily be appreciated by the person sitting next to you or the musicians on the stage.

    When to Clap

    What to Expect - clapping

    Applause at classical music performances is traditionally more than welcome at the conclusion of a given work. If you are unsure about when you should applaud or participate in a performance, a good rule of thumb is to follow the lead of other audience members.

    and Video

    What to Expect - photography/video

    While we understand that you may want to memorialize your visit to the Hall, photos can only be taken on handheld devices when a performance is not in progress. Sound or video recording of any performance without the written permission of management is strictly prohibited. Unauthorized photographs, video, or other recordings may be deleted at management's discretion.

    What to Wear

    What to Expect - what to wear

    Most people consider a concert at Carnegie Hall to be a memorable event and tend to dress for the occasion. Some people come to the Hall directly from work, dressed in professional business attire. Formal dress—evening gowns and tuxedos—is generally worn only to gala events. We also provide a coat check.

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    Food and Drink

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    Easily accessible from the Parquet level of Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage and featuring exceptional food and bar offerings from STARR Events, the Cafe is the perfect place for a pre-concert drink or bite to eat.

    Salon Encores

    Salon Encores

    With Salon Encores, Carnegie Hall revives a tradition that has enlivened classical music since the 19th century, when friends gathered in elegant chambers to hear intimate performances and share musical opinions. Join us after your Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and get together with people who love music—and love to discuss it—as much as you do. You may also get to talk with the evening’s musicians.

    Late Nights
    at Zankel Hall

    Late Nights at Zankel Hall

    During Late Nights at Zankel Hall, join us for a pre-concert drink and snacks at the Parterre Bar in Zankel Hall before concerts that start at 9 PM or later. The first 200 concertgoers receive one drink voucher. It’s a relaxed nightspot to hang out between dinner and the show, and a laidback chance to meet others who share your passion for music.

    Rose Museum

    Rose Museum

    More than 400 items are on display in the Rose Museum as part of The History of Carnegie Hall, a comprehensive exhibit that looks back on the outstanding music and events since the Hall’s opening in 1891. Located on the second floor of Carnegie Hall, the Rose Museum is free to the public and open daily, 11 AM–4:30 PM. It is also accessible before concerts and during intermissions of events in Stern/Perelman.