Concert Extras

The Oregon Symphony offers many exciting opportunities to enrich your concert experience – at the concert hall or even from the comfort of your own home! Sign up for our emails or visit our concert information pages to learn about the music and the performers before the concert, then, arrive at the hall early for a chance to learn about the program from the performers themselves and to hear more great music.



Concert Conversations

Have you ever wondered why the trumpets sometimes play offstage, or why Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring started a riot? Here’s your chance to find out!

On-air personalities from Portland’s All Classical radio station host these casual, 30-minute pre-concert conversations with guests including conductors, composers, and musicians from the Symphony.

  • When: One hour before every Classical Series concert
  • Where: In the concert hall
  • Free for all ticketholders!

Watch Concert Conversations from past seasons


Prelude Performances

Delight in these lively pre-concert performances by the region’s premier youth and community ensembles as you enter the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

  • When: Thirty minutes before select concerts
  • Where: In the concert hall lobby on the mezzanine level

We’re always looking for new ensembles to spotlight in our Prelude Performances. In most cases, we’re able to offer participating ensembles complimentary tickets to that night’s concert. To learn more contact Annissa Bolder, Hank Swigert Director of Education and Community Engagement.


Plan Your Visit

First-Timer’s Guide

New to the Symphony? We've compiled everything you need to know to make the most of your first concert experience.

Getting to the Hall

A comprehensive guide for getting to the Schnitz – public transportation, biking, and more.

Hall Amenities

Find all the details you need to know about the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, including concessions, customer service, and accessibility.