Centennial Chapel
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Seating Chart

Map & Driving Directions


In order for you to enjoy your musical venture, here are some helpful hints you might want to consider:

  • Arrive at least 15 - 20 minutes ahead of concert time. This gives you time to find your seat, get comfortable, adjust to your surroundings, glance through your program, and turn off your phone.
  • Sometimes, welcoming announcements are made from the stage by various members of the symphony’s board of directors before the concert begins. Once that is done, the concertmaster will enter the stage and begin to tune the orchestra. It is at this time that house lights will begin to dim and doors to the venue will close. This is all in preparation for the conductor who will appear after the orchestra has tuned. It is perfectly appropriate to applaud the entrances of both the concertmaster and the conductor.
  • As the music begins, relax! Let the music guide your emotions and maybe even your memories. Let go of any preconceived notions you may have about classical music and allow yourself to become immersed in the ebbs and flows of the music, right along with the musicians!
  • Applause, applause – when to applaud? Follow the lead of seasoned concert goers but proper concert etiquette considers clapping at the end of the piece fitting. If you look at your program and see, for example, a classical symphony by Mozart, you’ll notice that there are four sections to the work. There will be about a 15 – 30 second pause at the end of section; you would then applaud at the end of all four sections. Concert overtures are single section, or movement, works – you would applaud at the end…easy! The main thing the orchestra wants is for you to enjoy the music so be spontaneous and clap away!

Attending a classical music concert can often be a life-changing event for many. The Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra wants you to come and hear the music, to come and participate in the performance with the musicians on stage, to introduce you to the brilliant writing of composers from the past and the innovations of our modern, current-day composers. Don’t forget to bring a friend!