Going to a Concert: Questions and Answers
Going to Rudolfinum for your first concert? A beautiful event is awaiting you. To allow you to focus primarily on the music itself, we have prepared a list of FAQs for you.
Last updates: 3 April 2022
What to wear to a concert?
Anyone interested in music is welcome. The once ceremonial and inaccessible aura of classical music has now been replaced by a less formal and inclusive atmosphere at concerts. You can contribute to the festive mood of the event by wearing tasteful formal wear.
Specific fashion tips can be found in the article
How far in advance to arrive?
Unless you plan a visit to Cafe Rudolfinum before the concert, it is advised to arrive 30 minutes before the start. You will have enough time to place your things in the cloakroom, find your place in the hall and take a peek at the program.
When do the building and halls open?
For concerts in the Dvořák and Suk Halls, Rudolfinum usually opens one hour before the start. Before the preludes for the Czech Philharmonic subscription concerts, Rudolfinum opens an hour and a half beforehand. We open the concert halls for visitors 30 minutes before the start of a concert.
Where can I find the cloakrooms?
If you attend a concert at Dvořák Hall, you will find cloakrooms not only on the raised ground floor opposite the main entrance, but also on the first floor by the balconies. Visitors to concerts in Suk Hall can use the cloakroom in the hall of the building.
Building plan with the location of cloakrooms
How long does a concert last?
It varies. Most concerts last between 90 minutes to 2 hours with a break in the middle. Promoters usually list the lengths of the concerts in the program on their websites. If this information is known, you will also find it in the program here on the website in the details of the event.
How long is the break?
If the concert has an intermission, it usually lasts 20 minutes.
Please turn off your phone
It is best to turn it off completely. Silent mode or airplane mode can be tricky. You obviously do not want the vibration of your cell phone to echo into the room's silence! Classical music tracks contain many muffled areas and even completely silent passages without a single note. There are plenty of occasions when even a silent sound becomes an imaginary bugle during a concert.
Refreshments before the concert and during the intermission?
Cafe Rudolfinum is located in the hall, and in the foyer around the Dvořák Hall you will find 4 bars in which you can buy refreshments. Sodas, fine French wines, homemade cocktail sandwiches or tasty mini desserts are on offer. Want to avoid a queue? Order before the concert. The staff will prepare everything in advance and you will simply pick up your order by name.
What should I do if I am late?
Do not enter the hall on your own, please see the usher. If the first part of the concert contains different songs, you may be allowed into the hall during the audience applause. Otherwise, you will have to listen from the foyer or standing areas and wait for the intermission.
Can I bring children to the concert?
Yes, you can. But it does of course depend on your child’s age and temperament, and also on the type of the concert. Evening concerts can last more than 2 hours. Consider whether your child will be able to keep their attention for the whole time. And, most importantly, whether they will really enjoy the visit. A suitable alternative may be one of the educational concerts and workshops for children and youth organized by the Czech Philharmonic.
Can I take photos in Rudolfinum?
It is forbidden to take photos or videos during the concert. However, you can obviously take a snapshot with your friends during the break.
When is the correct time to clap?
Evergreen among questions. If a program contains a work of several movements, applause is only given at the end of the entire piece. If the concert is composed of different pieces, clapping takes place in between.
However, the saying that the exception proves the rule is still valid here. If a soloist or the whole orchestra gives an extraordinary performance, the audience will sometimes spontaneously applaud or even shout "Bravo!" and "Well done!" Musicians love an audience that truly listens and enjoys the music. An enthusiastic and sincere applause is their greatest reward, so they are happy to forgive when enthusiasm erupts at the wrong time.
Any other questions?
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