Symphony is one of the leading musical compositions created for an orchestra in Western classical music since the 18th century. Unlike opera, symphony, that does not include a dramatic performance, formed the basis of orchestral music in the 18th and 19th centuries and paved the way for the establishment of the orchestras, aiming to perform only symphonic compositions. Although symphonies consisted of three movements in the early times, they were composed in four movements as the standard form by composers, later on. Besides, it is possible to compose symphonies consisting of more movements.
Symphony orchestras perform orchestral compositions traditionally such as symphony, concerto and suite that are composed of string instruments, woodwind and brass instruments. The size of a symphony orchestra differs from concert to concert, depending on the usage of the instruments. For instance, there are differences in the type and number of instruments used in the performance of a piece composed at the end of the 18th century and a piece composed at the beginning of the 20th century.
String Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Woodwind Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, English Horn, Bassoon
Brass Instruments: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Percussion Instruments: Timpani, Xylophone, Tubular Bells
Since the concerts of Presidential Symphony Orchestra start at the specified time, it is not possible for the people, who are late to the opening of the concert, to enter the concert hall from the beginning of the first movement to the end of the piece. Therefore; whoever comes after the beginning of the first movement may take his/her place in the concert hall after the end of the first piece.
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As there is no strict dress code for CSO concerts, it is customary to dress formal for gala and premier concerts.
If you arrive early, you can visit the exhibition hall, shop at the CSO store, relax in the open-air areas or sit in the cafe and have a pleasant time.
You can bring bags and coats that do not disturb other spectators and do not block passages into the hall.
However, we recommend you to use our cloakrooms for your own comfort.
Whoever has to leave the concert hall between or during the movements may enter the hall after the end of the piece performed in the meantime.
In order not to distract the members of the orchestra and to disturb other spectators, we request that no food or drink is brought into the hall.
No sound or image recording should be taken in the hall during the performance, due to copyright issues and not to distract the members of the orchestra and other spectators.
You can enter the hall with your mobile phone, but we ask that you turn off even the vibration mode to make the phone completely silent and do not use it during the performance unless it is an emergency.
Applause is a form of greeting that is often used in classical music concerts to greet artists who take the stage and to appreciate the performance at the end of the piece. Since the large-scale orchestral compositions, especially symphonies and concertos, consist of several movements, it has become a tradition that the audience should give applause only at the end of the piece in order not to distract the artists in between the movements. Therefore, compositions with more than one movement should be applauded after the end of the last movement. After bowing at the end of the performance, and going back to backstage, the conductor and the soloist are invited to bow again, unless the applause wanes.