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CCPA Guides

About This Guide

Each of the tabs to the side are for individual performances and events that are occurring here at Roosevelt University. On these pages you can find links to help you discover titles and works in PAL's collection that are related to the pieces, composers, and genres that are being performed at each event. You can also find links that will help you browse the catalog more efficiently.

Concert Etiquette

The performance atmosphere comes with a special set of guidelines so that all in attendance may enjoy the production. Below is a set of reminders (and some explanations) of such procedures.

  1. Make sure to turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers, and electronic devices. (You can read about a famous incident in which an audience member forgot to turn off his phone during a New York Philharmonic concert here.)
  2. Try to arrive early to a performance so that you can easily find your seat without climbing over people.
  3. If you arrive at a concert, play, or performance late, it is likely the usher will make you wait to enter so as not to disturb the other patrons. If there is no usher, it is best to wait until a pause in the performance (the end of a scene or movement).
  4. When attending a musical performance that contains pieces with multiple movements, it is customary to applaud only at the end of the last movement of a piece. 
  5. At plays and operas it is customary to applaud at the end of acts--usually signaled by dimmed lights. (If you are ever unsure of when to clap, respond with the others in the audience.) 
On Listening to Classical Music


Content adapted from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Guides created and maintained by the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.