Q: I don’t know a lot about classical music. Will I enjoy the concerts?
A: It’s not necessary to be a classical music expert to enjoy a BCO concert. Just come with open ears and allow the sounds to carry you! If you’d like some background information, feel free to explore the Learn about the Music page on this website where you’ll find notes about the programs and links to video and audio recordings. Another good way to learn more is to attend our pre-concert talks. They start right before the concert at 2:15.
Q: What time should I arrive for the performance?
A: Plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the concert to find parking and to get to your seat. Even better, join us for the informative and entertaining pre-concert talk by the WBJC program director Jonathan Palevsky at 2:15.
Q: What happens if I arrive late?
A: Those arriving late will be escorted to their seats by a house manager or usher at a natural break in the music (usually at the end of the piece that is being performed.)
Q: Is there adequate parking at your concert venues?
A: Yes. Goucher College has ample, free, safe parking directly outside the Kraushaar Auditorium Building. View detailed campus map in PDF
Q: How can I buy tickets?
A: You may purchase tickets on this website (www.thebco.org), by phone at (410) 685-4050 or at the box office. We accept cash, checks, PayPal or credit card (please note: we accept VISA or MasterCard ONLY).
Q: If I have ordered my tickets in advance, when will they arrive?
A: If you placed an order by phone or online, your tickets will be mailed to you unless it is within a week of the concert. If you place an order within a week of the concert date, you can pick up your tickets at will-call the day of the concert.
Q: What happens if I lose my tickets?
A: If you lose your tickets prior to the concert, please let us know and we will mail you a replacement set. If you cannot find them the day of the concert, please come to will call.
Q: What if I can't make it to all of the concerts?
A: The BCO does not offer refunds. You can save your tickets, however, and use them to bring friends to the next BCO performance.
Q: Do you have seating for people with disabilities?
A: Yes. There is a door for easy access at ground level and special seating for wheelchairs.
Q: Are students REALLY admitted free of charge to all concerts?
A: Absolutely. We think it is critical to share the joy of classical music with young people.
Q: What would be an appropriate age for a child?
A: You know your child best. Our suggested age range is seven and up but if you have a younger child who is able to sit quietly during the concert without distracting other patrons, please feel free to bring them.
Q: How long are the concerts?
A: BCO concerts between 1 ½ and 2 hours, with a 20-minute intermission...long enough to engage our audiences deeply, but not so long as to be tedious.
Q: How should I dress?
A: You should dress however you’re comfortable. Few people dress formally for these afternoon concerts; most people feel comfortable with business-casual attire.
Q: When should I applaud?
A: There are no set rules for when you should applaud, though it is traditional to clap at the end of a piece of music, as opposed to after each movement. This is to help the music flow smoothly or to set the scene for the following movement. Your program will give you a clue as to how many movements there are. If in doubt, keep an eye on the conductor who will usually provide a signal that the piece has ended. If you are really unsure then the best plan is to wait for others to start. And if you’re the only one clapping, don’t worry about it: we love it when our audience expresses their delight at our performance!