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What to Expect

Coming to the South Dakota Symphony for the very first time can seem daunting for a concertgoer. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that should make your visit memorable and stress free.

1. Where should I park?


Parking at the Washington Pavilion is easy:  A public ramp is located on 12th street, across the street from the Wells Fargo CineDome. Ramp parking is free after 6 PM on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday.


Accessible parking can be found on 11th Street and Main Avenue as well as the public parking ramp at 12th Street and Main Avenue. Metered-parking also is available on the west, north and east sides of the Pavilion. All street parking is free after 5:00 PM weekdays and 6:00 PM weekends.

2. When should I arrive?

Concerts begin at 7:30 PM on Saturday evenings and at 2:30 PM on Sunday afternoons. Please allow at least 15 minutes to find your seats before the show begins. Make sure to check the website for events happening before or after the concerts!

Concert Insights
6:30 PM      Before Saturday Classical Series Concerts
1:30 PM      Before Classical Matinee Series Concerts

Join Music Director Delta David Gier as he contextualizes the music and enriches the performance with background on guest artists and the repertoire. Concert Insights is held in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion.

7 @ 7 – Seven things to listen for in the concert!
7:00 PM    Before Saturday Classical Series Concerts

Join SDSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Fortner as he leads a pre-concert talk highlighting interesting features of the concert that evening. This fast-paced and energetic lecture takes place in the north lobby of the third floor prior to every Saturday evening Classical Concert.

3. When do I clap?

It is common courtesy to wait to applaud until a piece is finished. The end of a work is signified by the conductor putting his arms down and turning towards the audience. If you are unsure, you can wait for the rest of the audience to clap before you join in.

4. What should I wear?

Contrary to what most people think, formal attire is not required at symphony concerts. Most concert goers wear business casual.

 5. How long are the performances?

Performances are usually two hours long with a twenty-minute intermission. Drinks are available for purchase in the lobby before the concert and at intermission.

6. Can I take pictures?

No photography or videography is allowed in the concert hall.

 7. Can I bring the kids?

The South Dakota Symphony loves to have children exposed to the wonders of symphonic music during our Pops concerts. However, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Classical Series concerts tend to be too long for young children. Children under the age of four are not permitted.

Our Crescendo Program offers free tickets to Classical Series concerts for children ages 5-18 with the purchase of an adult ticket.

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8.  What is a subscription?

A subscription series is a set of pre-selected concerts that you can purchase as a package. When you purchase a series you become a subscriber. Subscribers enjoy many benefits that single-ticket buyers don’t, including lower ticket prices, sitting in the same seats for every concert and ticket exchange privileges.

Our subscriptions come in a variety of packages. Visit our Subscriptions page for more information.

SDSO Series Subscriptions

9. How can I help support the SDSO?

Your support continues to be important to the SDSO.  Such gifts help the SDSO’s mission of celebrating the tradition of live orchestral music and enriching the lives of people throughout our region. Donate online today at: