DPO performs at the Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church
1660 Sherman Street, Denver
Seating is first-come, first-served both on the main floor and in the balcony.
Street parking around Central Presbyterian is FREE in the evenings. There are three handicapped parking spaces directly in front of the main entrance on Sherman Street.
There are numerous surface parking lots within two blocks, including a Star Park surface lot directly across the street from Central Presbyterian — here’s a map that includes pricing. Rates are subject to change.
Visit the RTD website www.rtd-denver.com and RTD’s trip planner will help you get to Central Presbyterian.
Wheelchair access is available from the Sherman St. East Entrance elevator and access throughout the building is available via elevator and ramp access.
Join us for informal pre-concert chat sessions about the music you’ll be hearing hosted by DPO Associate Conductor Hisham Bravo Groover. What should you listen for? What is the music’s historic and cultural context? We’ll give you insights into the music and music-makers you’ll be listening to. Pre-concert chats are free to all ticket holders. Please join us, starting at 6:30pm on all concert nights, except our December Holiday Cheer! and our April 7 Prost! concerts.
If you are attending your first (of 300th) classical music concert, below are some frequently asked questions to help make your experience more enjoyable.
Be comfortable – There’s no dress code. From jeans to suits, you’ll see it all! Wear what you’d like — you’ll fit in. We love you just the way you are.
Applause 101 – In earlier times, audiences would routinely applaud between movements to show their joy for the music they just heard. Then around the mid-19th century, it became tradition to wait until the end of the piece to clap, with the audience sitting silent between movements.
At the DPO, we welcome both traditions, if you prefer to wait for the end of a piece to clap, please do. Some movements are fiery and end in such a flare that you may feel compelled to clap — go for it! After a quiet movement, you may want to enjoy the feeling of transfixion and wait; there’s no need to applaud if you’re not feelin’ it. Regardless, we want you to feel comfortable and focus on the performance, not confusing applause rules!
Coughing – Ahem… Try to ‘bury’ your cough in a loud passage of music. If you can’t or you begin to cough a lot, don’t worry — it’s perfectly acceptable and appropriate to quietly exit the concert hall. Remember to unwrap cough drops before the concert so you don’t create crackling noises.
Sit Tight – The rumors are true — we’re pretty informal. But we do ask that you sit tight and quiet during the performance and only get up between pieces or during intermission as to not distract the musicians or concert-goers around you.
Electronics – Please turn the sound off on your cell phones, pagers, and any other noise-making device.
Social Media – Feel free to tweet, post to Facebook or take photos without flash. Upload your pics and comments online — and be sure to tag us!
Pack it in, Pack it out — You’re welcome to bring a water bottle into the hall, but remember “Trail Rules” — pack it in, pack it out. (This goes for trash too!)
Have Fun! — Rules, rules, rules — we know, it can be overwhelming. The most important rule of all is to have fun and enjoy yourself. And then tell all your friends and come back again and again!
How Long Is a Concert?
Concerts typically run from about 100–120 minutes. The most common format is for a concert to open with an overture or other shorter work that is about 10 minutes long followed by a 20–30 minute concerto with soloist follows. Next up is a 20 minute intermission. A full symphony with multiple movements (40-60 minutes) often follows intermission. An alternate concert format is multiple shorter pieces and no long symphony at all.
Tweet Your Heart Out
During the concert, we live-tweet photos, facts and tidbits about the music you’re listening to. Follow along, share and interact with us and other concert-goers on Twitter. @denverphilorch
• Phones on — sound off! We know you want to participate, but let’s leave the music to the pros
• All thumbs Tweet tweet tweet all the night through, but remember, no talking during the concert
• Add the hashtag #DPOtweets to your posts so your neighbors can follow along
• You don’t need a Twitter account to read our tweets, but if you’d like to tweet along with us, you need an account
• “PG” tweets only — C’mon, we’ve got kids here
Into bein’ green? We are too. (We are in Colorado after all.) Download paperless programs and bring your smart phone or tablet. You can follow along, read the program notes, get to know about our musicians and more. All while saving trees. Pretty cool, eh? Available online, iOS, and Android.
There’s a lot to explore around us in Uptown and Capitol Hill. Arrive early and grab dinner at one of the many restaurants on 17th Avenue or hang around after the concert for Nightcap at Blueprint Bar! Visit Denver has the guide to the best neighborhood restaurants in Uptown.