Newcomers Guide

to your Fort Collins Symphony


Welcome to the Fort Collins Symphony! We are excited that you are interested in learning more about symphonic music or in coming to one of our concerts.

This page gives a quick overview of who we are and what we do, as well as answering some of your frequently asked questions about symphonic music and the experience of going to a concert.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, then please reach out through the contact form at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you ASAP.

Newcomers to the Fort Collins Symphony with fake instruments

A taste of the FCS:

New orchestra patrons with drinks

Who we are:

The Fort Collins Symphony is the oldest performing arts organization in Larimer County. Our roots were planted in 1923, and we have been performing excellent and diverse classical music for Northern Colorado audiences ever since.

Our education programs reach thousands of students each season, and our annual July 4th performance in City Park has become a staple of the city’s celebration.

Popular Blog Posts:

How to pick the best orchestra seats. 4 steps to finding your perfect seat for a symphony concert.
What does a conductor do? 3 Steps to Conducting an Orchestra
What is a Symphony
What is a Concerto?

The Open Notes Podcast:

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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Recent Blog Posts:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What should I wear to a concert?

Our philosophy is “come as you are!” There is no dress code for our concerts. Many patrons choose to dress up, and others feel comfortable in casual, business casual, or evening wear.

When should I clap at a concert?

Many newcomers are nervous about when to clap at a classical music concert because our traditions are different from most other events.

While we would love for you to clap at ALL of your favorite parts, please hold your applause for the end of a piece (see below). This helps us make sure that all the subtlety and nuance that our orchestra plays with can be enjoyed by everybody.

Some pieces have multiple movements within them, such as a symphony or a concerto. These will be listed on the screens at the concert and in the programs. It is tradition to hold applause until the end of the final movement. If you are unsure, you can always take a cue from the rest of the audience.

BUT! While at a pops concert, please feel free to exclaim your excitement and applaud your approval at any time that the music (or the performance) moves you.

Where is the best place to sit for a concert?

The best seat for you depends on what you want to get out of the concert!

We suggest taking a look at this blog post by Jeremy D. Cuebas, our Assistant Conductor, which covers the four things to consider when picking your perfect seat for a symphony concert.

I’m new to symphonic music. Where can I learn more about it?

If you want to learn more about the music on one of our concerts, then the best place to start is the individual concert page. These usually include a Spotify playlist, some interesting facts about the music, and links to where you can learn more.

You can learn more about symphonic/classical music in general on our blog and podcast, or by exploring our archive of program notes. Following our Facebook or Instagram pages is also a good way to find bite-sized content about the music we play.

Beyond these, just start listening! These playlists on Spotify and YouTube are a great place to start. When you find something you like, go read more on Wikipedia for a great introduction.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets for our Signature Concerts range from $25-$67, depending on where you sit, and a live-stream ticket is $25. Tickets for our Pops concerts are $32, and student and child tickets are available for most of our concerts for $10. Tickets can be purchased through the Lincoln Center Box Office and a small box fee will apply to all purchases.

Do you live-stream your concerts?

Yes! Each of our Signature Concerts is live-streamed. This can be purchased via the Lincoln Center Box Office on the same page as each signature concert. Be sure to tune in an hour before the concert to enjoy Maestro’s pre-concert talk.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about our live-stream concerts on the help page.

We also offer some free virtual concerts, available at any time. Be sure to check out our Beethoven 5 from INSIDE the orchestra video, shot with a 360 degree camera, and our pandemic Tiny Concerts.

How can I keep up with the FCS? Do you have social media or a Newsletter?

Yes! You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or join our newsletter via the form at the bottom of this page.

I’ve heard about subscribers. What is a subscriber, and what are the benefits?

Most orchestras will offer a “subscription package” that includes tickets to many or all of their concerts. This usually comes with benefits like discounts and reserved seats.

FCS Season Subscribers get discounts on their season tickets and the same discount when purchasing additional tickets for friends or family. They also receive free ticket vouchers, reserved seats, and invitations to free summer garden concerts. You can learn more about subscriber benefits on our benefits page.

How can I support the FCS?

There are many ways to support the FCS, including volunteering, donating, or joining the Friends of the Symphony.

Learn more on our Support Page.

Keep in touch:

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