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FAQ

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., and we make every effort to begin on time. The hall opens for seating half hour prior to the performance. Please allow ample time to park, pick up your tickets at the box office if necessary, and go through the metal detectors at the entrance to the Santander Performing Arts Center.

Feel free to come as early as 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a pre-concert performance by young local musicians or take part in our RSOvertures discussion in the hall, where you can get a preview of the music being performed that evening, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Some concertgoers may dress up and others may dress more casually for RSO concerts. Many patrons wear business or casual business attire. However, what matters most is your concert experience, not how you look, so we encourage you to wear what makes you comfortable.

Traditionally clapping does not take place in between movements of pieces, however with some works, it can be impossible to hold back applause during these short pauses!

Photography is not permitted during the concert itself, as it can be disruptive to the musicians and patrons, however prior to the concert you are welcome to take and post photos, particularly if you would like to “check-in” to the RSO concert or use the hashtag #readingsymphonyorchestra on social media.

Concerts average around two and a half hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

Single tickets, purchased in advance by calling 610-373-7557, can be held at the box office directly inside the doors to the main entrance of the Santander Performing Arts Center or the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Subscription tickets are mailed together when payment is received for the order in full.

Each Bravo! program contains program notes about the music. The hall opens at 7:00 p.m. to patrons so you are welcome to arrive then to allow ample time to read about the music being performed.

On Wednesdays prior to all classics concerts, a Know Your Symphony lecture is held at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands. Additionally, patrons are invited to RSOvertures, prior to each classics concert at 6:45 p.m. in the hall, where Maestro Andrew Constantine discusses the upcoming evening’s program, joined by special guests.

Age eight is usually an appropriate age for children to come and enjoy an RSO concert.


Area Restaurants

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading

701 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601
Phone: (610) 375-8000

Whether you are looking for a casual bite to eat or a leisurely dining experience, every meal will be memorable as you celebrate your time in Reading. The DoubleTree also provides a shuttle service to and from the Santander Performing Arts Center. Additionally, the post-concert reception is usually held at the Double tree so it is convenient to be shuttled back there.

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Judy’s on Cherry

30 S. 4th Street, Reading PA 19602
Phone: (610) 374-8511

Mediterranean-inspired fine dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Reading. This bistro has vaulted ceilings and a wood-fired oven used to cook many dishes. If you make reservations with them, they can provide a shuttle to the Santander Performing Arts Center. Simply park in their lot and they will shuttle you to and from the theater.

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Dans at Green Hills

2444 Morgantown Rd, Reading, PA 1960
Phone: (610) 374-8511

Opened in 1989, Dans Restaurant has been well know as one of the best restaurants in Reading, PA. Dans at Green Hills serves a contemporary American cuisine with a French influence with the goal of providing a fine dining experience that is an alternative to the traditional Berks County scene. A special 5:00 p.m. seating is held on concert evenings with a 10% discount on concert nights, available by presenting your concert ticket.

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Abe’s by Chef Alan

100 North Fifth Street, Reading, PA 19601
Phone: (610) 372-3700

Enjoy their classic style pub, comfortable dining room or the relaxed seating at Abe’s by Chef Alan for a delicious dinner or your favorite beverage and snack before or after your night out in Reading. You will love the exciting new menus, stunning casual atmosphere and the delightful culinary talents of Chef Alan. Also, when mentioning the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Abe’s by Chef Alan will donate 10% of the proceeds to the RSO!

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Willoughby’s On Park

305 North Park Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610
Phone: (610) 816-7473

Locally owned and operated, Willoughby’s on Park sets the standard for Berks County’s premier fine dining Steakhouse, offering superior quality and flavors with exceptional service in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. At the Bar, their mission is to offer our guests a broad selection of cocktails, scotches, whiskeys and of course, wines from around the globe. Their wine list illuminates with many classic American Reds, while further featuring wines from around the world to complement your meal.

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