• The Carnegie Hall Experience

    A Few Tips to Make the Most of Your Concert Experience

    Each season, Carnegie Hall offers an amazing array of outstanding orchestras, legendary ensembles, revered recitalists, and spellbinding performers. Every concert is different, with artists who create a unique environment for the audience members in attendance.

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    Many world, jazz, and pop artists encourage participation from concertgoers, including tapping, humming, singing along, and even dancing. And while it may be fun, this type of involvement at classical music concerts may not necessarily be appreciated by the person sitting next to you or the musicians on the stage. 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.

    While we understand that you may want to memorialize your visit to the Hall, the photographing, sound recording, or videotaping is not permitted inside the concert venue. We also ask that you turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices before the performance begins, and again after intermission. This is a live performance, and noises or flashes can be distracting to the evening's performers and other audience members. Unauthorized photographs, video, or other recordings may be deleted at management's discretion.

    Most people consider a concert at Carnegie Hall to be a memorable event and tend to dress for the occasion. Many people also come to the Hall directly from work and are dressed in professional business attire. Formal dress—evening gowns and tuxedos—is generally worn only to gala events like opening night. We also provide a coat check so that you can enjoy the event as comfortably as possible.

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

    We offer a wide-ranging series of entertaining pre-concert talks that guide audiences through the music they are about to hear before the performance even begins.

    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.

    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 Salon Encores in the intimate setting of the Jacobs Room. Enjoy 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, who often greet friends and audience members following their performances.

    If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to speak with one of our friendly ushers, who are here to help you make the most of your visit to Carnegie Hall. And please help yourself to the free Ricola cough drops available in the Hall, but please remember to unwrap them before the music starts.