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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.  For health and safety protocols, click here.

Also stop and see us at the symphony table, located in the main floor lobby of the Washington Pavilion on concert nights!

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.

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Washington Pavilion Parking

Washington Pavilion Accessibility

2. When should I arrive?

Concerts begin at 7:30 PM on Saturday evenings.  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

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 @ 7:07 – Seven things to listen for in the concert!
7:07 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 fifteen-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?

Children are welcome at all performances.  However, we strongly recommend concert attendees to be age 5 and up for classical concerts.  Pops concerts are designed for audiences of all ages.  It’s important that the performances are enjoyable for everyone.  Out of respect for your fellow audience members, if your child is restless, please leave the hall immediately.  Everyone, regardless of age, is required to have a 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: