Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

What to Expect at the Symphony

At the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, We Want You To

Feel Transformed

Feel Transformed

Enjoy Yourself

Enjoy Yourself

Make Memories

Make Memories

Come Back

Come Back

How to Prepare for the Symphony

Getting Ready

We want your night at the LSO to be stress-free and full of joy. Here are some of our most asked questions about getting ready for concerts at the LSO.

How do I dress?

You will mostly see people dressed from business casual to semi-formal wear. Ultimately, wear what you find most comfortable and will allow you to fully enjoy the experience.

How early should I arrive?

Doors to the venue open 1 hour prior to the concert. Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert. We recommend arriving as early as you need to meet the rest of your party, find your seat, and get settled.

What if I arrive late?

If you arrive after the concert has begun you will be asked to wait until a pause in the music before you are seated.

Do I need to know the music?

You don't need to be familiar with the music to enjoy it! The LSO plays a variety of musical styles. You might be moved by something unexpected.

How long are concerts?

LSO concerts are typically 1.5-2 hours long.

How do I buy tickets?

You can purchase your tickets for upcoming shows here.

Can children attend the LSO?

Yes! We welcome music lovers of all ages.

At the Concert

Here are some tips and guidelines to make your Lubbock Symphony Orchestra experience excellent—for you and the people around you.

How will I know what musical pieces are played and number of movements in each piece?

Concert programs, with information about the music, are provided on entry into the theater.

How will I know when the concert is starting?

The lights will dim and ushers will close the doors. Remember to be attentive during the concert—and as you enter and exit the theater. When the lights dim, please refrain from talking, whispering or humming. We need your undivided attention to give you our best performance!

When do I applaud?

When the piece is over. Do know, in classical music, one piece may have several pauses—or movements—within it. When in doubt, simply wait until the conductor faces you and takes a bow.

It is also polite to applaud when the concertmaster comes on stage and when the conductor walks to the podium.

How do I know when a piece of music is over?

The conductor will turn to face the audience when the piece is over.

How can I have my best concert experience?

Enjoy the stillness and silence outside the music. Being in the moment will let the music thrive and embrace you.

Symphony Facts

Here is the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra's beginner's guide to orchestral music. Let us know if you have questions we haven't answered.

What is an orchestra?

An orchestra is a type of musical ensemble that mixes different families of instruments to play complex musical pieces. There are several types of orchestras.

What are philharmonic and symphony orchestras?

Philharmonic and symphony orchestras are typically made up of 70-120 musicians. Instruments fall into several categories:

  • Strings
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Woodwinds

What other types of instruments are played in an orchestra?

Harps, pianos, and electronic instruments may also be included. It depends on the piece being played.

For a description of different instrument categories click here.

What is a chamber orchestra?

The name chamber orchestra comes from performance historically being hosted in palace chambers. Chamber orchestras use the same types of instruments as larger orchestras, but are smaller in size. In symphony orchestras, several musicians will play the same part, but in a chamber orchestra, musicians always have a unique part to play.

What kind of music does an orchestra play?

When you hear the word orchestra you probably think of western classical music. While the majority of orchestral music falls into this category, it is not uncommon for orchestras to also play symphonic versions of popular music. This is often called orchestral pops.

What is the structure of a symphonic orchestra?

The majority of the performers are section members. Sections consist of multiple instruments of the same group, and section members usually play the same part. Each section has its own section head, known as the principal. Violins are unique because they are divided into two sections: first and second. The principal of the first violin section is also known as the concertmaster and is considered the leader of the strings section. The concertmaster is subordinate only to the conductor.

Parking and Maps

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences

1300 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX, 79401

Parking Information for The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences

General parking is complimentary for most events. Parking lots are located near The Buddy Holly Hall at 1300 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock TX 79401.

Valet parking is available for a fee. Guests may drive to the west entrance of The Buddy Holly Hall (under the canopy) and a parking attendant will assist.

Guests using Taxis, Uber, Lyft or private cars may be dropped off at the west side of the theater, next to the VIP drop off area.

ADA Information for The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences

The Buddy Holly Hall is committed to accommodating the needs of individuals with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

  • ADA compliant restrooms and drinking fountains
  • ADA compliant signage for elevators, restrooms, and throughout facilities
  • Audible and visual strobe fire alarms
  • Automatic entry and exit doors
  • Assisted listening devices
  • Braille featured on permanent signage
  • Certified service animals are welcome
  • Designated ADA emergency exits
  • ADA compliant elevators, seating, and entryways

For more information contact The Buddy Holly Hall Box Office at [email protected] or call (806)79-BUDDY (792-8339).

Seating & Pricing Information

Masterworks Package:

Tier 1 - $372 | Tier 2 - $300 | Tier 3 - $240 | Tier 4 - $180 | Tier 5 - $132

Masterworks Single Tickets:

Tier 1 - $93 | Tier 2 - $75 | Tier 3 - $60 | Tier 4 - $45 | Tier 5 - $33 | Tier 6 - $25

Public Transit Information

Looking to take public transit to the LSO? See the Citibus fixed schedule.

Want to Introduce Your Kids to Music?

Children are welcome at any of our concerts. But, due to program length, a traditional concert may not captivate your child. We think our family concerts are the perfect, interactive way to introduce your child to the wonder of the symphony.
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