Kid friendly?

Frequently asked questions about The Claflin Hill Family Symphony Matinee

The recommended ages for our Family Symphony Matinee Concert is 5 years of age and up.

If the child can walk in, they are eligible to pay the child price of $8.

If they’re in a stroller or in their parents’ arms- they can be admitted free of charge with a paying adult.

While we endeavor to be relaxed and accommodating concerning concert comportment, if the child becomes restless or agitated, then we leave it to the best judgment of the parents to decide whether to stay in the concert hall or to take a break outside or downstairs.

The concert will be just over an hour long. The atmosphere is pretty casual with general seating in the main hall and balconies.

Concert etiquette

What should I wear?

Although attending Claflin Hill Symphony performances is often a special occasion, tuxedos and evening gowns are not required.  Many patrons do enjoy dressing formally for these gala events, but most of the time you'll see concertgoers in business or business casual attire.  Wear whatever makes you comfortable.

When should I arrive?

Season ticket holders can feel comfortable arriving 10 minutes before the concert begins, as they have assigned and reserved seats.  For those who hold general admission tickets we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the downbeat, as seating is not reserved or assigned.

Many patrons arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin.  This allows for leisurely review of the program for the evening.  Ticket holders who arrive after the concert begins will be seated in the auditorium only during appropriate pauses in the music.

May I bring my children?

Recognizing that a silent environment is required for everyone's listening pleasure, we recommend that bringing children 5 years of age and older to the Symphony performances (with a purchased ticket) is appropriate.  Children of all ages are welcome at Family Symphony Matinee performances!

May I bring my cellular or wireless phone?

Please turn off all cellular, wireless phones and pagers before entering the concert hall. Please also disconnect electronic signals on watches and paging devices before the performance.

May I take pictures?

The use of still, video and digital cameras or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited at all times.

When do I applaud?

Applause at Claflin Hill Symphony performances is meant both as a greeting and to show appreciation for the artists.  Just before the concert begins, after all the musicians are seated, the concertmaster takes the stage. Traditionally, patrons applaud to greet the concertmaster and again a few moments later to greet the conductor and/or soloists. Once the performance begins, you'll notice in your program book that many musical works have three or more movements or sections. A short pause often follows each movement. It is customary to refrain from applauding during these pauses. After the final movement of a work, applaud to your heart's content.

If you still aren't certain when to applaud, a good sign is when the conductor either turns around or steps off the podium. If all else fails, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to begin clapping.

How long is a typical performance?

Although concert length varies, most Symphony performances are about two hours, including one 15-20 minute intermission. Chamber Music performances last approximately two hours, including one 15-20 minute intermission.  Family Symphony Matinee performances last one to one and a half hours with no intermission.

Do you serve refreshments?

Homemade desserts, coffee, tea, cider and soft drinks are served for a nominal fee during intermission. All proceeds are to benefit Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation programming and activities.  Alcohol is not permitted in the Town Hall Venue.

Where to park

There are two small parking lots located at Town Hall, including handicapped parking spaces.  There is parking available on the street.  Be careful, however, that you do not park in front of someone’s driveway, as you will be towed. There is a free Municipal parking lot located on Route 16, across the street from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church – it’s a five minute walk to the Town Hall from this lot. Heading into the Downtown District there are Municipal lots located on both sides of Main Street to the rear of the storefronts (also, a five minute walk to Town Hall from these free parking lots.)

Is there handicapped parking available?

There are several handicapped parking spaces available at the Milford Town Hall.

Is there handicapped access to the Town Hall?

Yes.  To enter the Town Hall, a wheelchair ramp is located at the West Side Entrance of the Town Hall. Take the elevator to the Ballroom.

When purchasing your tickets, please let us know that you will be sitting in a wheelchair for the performance, and we will make the appropriate accommodations for you.