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Unread 04-12-2013, 10:52 PM
 
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Default Proper attire for a symphony concert?

I am planning on attending a symphony concert at the Powell Hall...but am not sure of the proper attire since this is my first time. Can someone advise?
Thank you in advance.
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Unread 04-13-2013, 06:17 AM
 
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There's no dress code - the 1st show i went to last year there - there were people in jeans and people in more formal attire; but the vast majority i would say were "business casual".
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Unread 04-13-2013, 07:47 AM
 
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Yeh, business casual to business will be fine. You can definitely shirt and tie it, there's not much need to put on a tuxedo, but if if you chose too, i'm sure no one would make fun of you.
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Unread 04-13-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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I am planning on attending a symphony concert at the Powell Hall...but am not sure of the proper attire since this is my first time. Can someone advise?
Thank you in advance.

Business casual is fine.

You've chosen a great concert to attend this weekend! The violin soloist is superb! Here's a little backstory and interview of this amazing young violinist and what he overcame to become the great musician he is now:
Violinist Augustin Hadelich: Romancing the Tone : San Francisco Classical Voice

You will also love the piece after intermission, "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz.

I am a great fan of the the St. Louis Symphony, as you probably surmised....
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Unread 04-13-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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I'd wear a suit
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Unread 04-13-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: St Louis, MO
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My wife and I are subscribers; we sit front parquet side. We go for the music that we can barely afford so dressing up is not a priority. I basically wear a button down shirt and slacks, no tie. She normally wears a more dressy blouse and dress pants. Many people sitting grand tier will dress formal (especially box seats), also often center parquet (where people sit to be seen). The floor sides and orchestra areas really are not dressy at all and have a range from jeans to evening gowns. Definitely do not dress formal for the balcony, even dress circle. Dress circle seats are pricey because they are the best seats to hear the orchestra, not because they are the higher social tier seats (these seats are actually often given to students and teachers for $10). You will see some people dressed formal in the balcony, but it is a little out of place. (Of course, if your other evening activities call for formal dress, there is nothing wrong with sitting balcony and dressing formal.)

Coffee concerts on Friday are less formal. Saturday evening concerts are more formal. Gala concerts are the most formal and even the balcony sections will dress up for those; this is basically opening weekend, the Red Velvet Ball, and New Years Eve The Slatkin conducts Copland 3 will probably be a little more dressy too, because of the huge buzz around Conrad Tao. But you would be fine with business casual at even the Red Velvet Ball.

Outside of the subscriber concerts, Live at Powell Hall and Holiday concerts other than New Years are more casual.

For women, do not wear all black (or at least accessorize in other colors if you wear a black dress). For men, do not wear white tie and tails. These are the outfits traditionally worn by the musicians. If you go formal, wear black tie.

Oh, and one last thing peculiar to St Louis. Cardinal red is acceptable, especially on opening day or during the playoffs.
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Unread 04-14-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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I think dress nicely, but comfortably. I usually wear slacks and a tie, a coat sometimes. I think jeans/tennis shoes are out of place, but that's just me. It's more important that there be people there to share in the experience of live music!
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Unread 04-14-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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