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We want everybody to feel welcome at our concerts. We firmly believe that you don’t have to be a music expert to enjoy music. But we hope the following questions and answers might enhance your concert experience. 

How Do I Purchase Tickets For An Event?

Visit our events pages by hovering over “Concerts & Events” tab above or click “Season Tickets”. You can also call us at 317-940-9607 for personalized ticketing service.

When Do Tickets Go On Sale?

2023-2024 Season Subscriptions are on sale now! Chamber Choice (4 tickets) and Duet Packs (2 tickets) go on sale July 2023 and will be available all season long. Single tickets go on sale August 2023.

Can I Buy Tickets At The Door On The Day Of The Event?

Yes you can! If a show sells out or is likely to sell out, we will send out an email to notify you that tickets will not be available at the door. Join our email list for more information.

When Do The Doors Open For A Show?

Most concerts begin at 7:30 PM with doors opening one hour prior (6:30 PM). Concerts that start at other times follow the same pattern. Doors always open one hour prior to the performance. 

Are Venues Wheelchair Accessible? 

Yes! Mobility requests should be made to venue personnel upon entering the venue, but may also be made in advance by emailing the ICO at info@icomusic.org or  clowesinfo@butler.edu.

Where Can I Park?

The parking garage is available right next door to Schrott Center for the Arts. Depending on the time of year, parking in the garage may be free or up to $10. There is also street parking in nearby neighborhoods and one lot available next to the Schrott. 

Details: All visitor and event parking is available in the parking garage facility, located in the 4700 block of Sunset Avenue, between 46th and 49th Streets. Motorists may access the 1,040-space garage from Sunset Avenue. Please adhere to directions provided by parking attendants either in uniform or wearing yellow, fluorescent vests. The parking garage is open 24 hours a day with an hourly fee structure. On “Campus Event Mode” days, event parking typically runs $5 and $10.

NOTE: Parking in surface lots is prohibited without a Butler Parking ID. On high volume event days, parking attendants may issue parking options at event rates permitting non-Butler parking in campus surface lots.

What is a Chamber Orchestra?

A Chamber Orchestra simply is a small orchestra of up to 50 musicians – compared to larger size symphony orchestras. Some works frequently performed by symphony orchestras, e.g. Mozart’s symphonies, are suitable for a chamber orchestra, but there are also many compositions specifically written for a chamber orchestra.

How Should I Dress for a Concert?

We want you to feel comfortable, so we don’t have a dress code. Some people might dress up a little – it becomes part of the joy of preparing for a nice evening of music. But this is completely voluntary and a personal choice. The musicians and conductor will have a more formal dress code to achieve a unified look for the orchestra.

What Does a Conductor Do?

The conductor sets the tempo, shapes the sounds and controls the interpretation of a composition. For instance, if the conductor wants to emphasize a certain melodic phrase, s/he will communicate this to the musicians via gestures. Much of the work of a conductor happens before the performance: while studying the musical score on her or his own, and during rehearsals.

What Does a Concertmaster Do?

The concert master plays the first violin and serves as the chief intermediary between the musicians and the conductor. In practical terms, the concert master initiates the tuning of the orchestra before a performance starts, assures synchronized bowings of all violinists (so that a unified look and sound are achieved), and helps the conductor communicate his or her interpretation to the musicians.

Is It Okay to Clap Between Movements?

Yes! We appreciate your enthusiasm. You might find that some people wait with applause till the last movement has finished (if a composition is divided in multiple parts) – and this is OK, too, because it acknowledges the unity of the work.

What Makes a Piece a Symphony?

A symphony is a large-scale orchestral work that is typically divided into 4 movements. The 18th century composer Haydn is often referred to as the ‘father of the symphony’. In many cases, the first and last movements of a symphony are fast and dramatic, the 2nd movement is more lyrical and the 3rd movement dancelike. However, deviations from these traditional rules are frequent and part of the ‘creative license’ that composers claim for themselves.

What is a Concerto?

A concerto highlights one or, more rarely, multiple soloists. There are concertos for almost any musical instrument, but the most frequent concertos are for the piano or the violin. The soloist will be positioned in front of the orchestra and the music will often highlight the virtuosic skills of the soloist. Most concertos are in three movements with a lyrical second movement and a fiery 3rd movement.

House Policies

LOBBY: The lobby doors of the Schrott Center for the Arts open one hour prior to curtain.

CONCESSIONS: Bar service available before, during and following concerts. Food and beverages purchased at Schrott Center are allowed in the theatre.

CELLULAR PHONES: Please silence your phones for the performance. It is permissible and encouraged to use your phones to view the program.

PHOTOS and VIDEO RECORDING: According to artist contractual agreements, the use of phones or cameras to take pictures or record video/audio is strictly prohibited.

LATECOMERS: The Schrott Center makes every attempt to begin each performance on time. Patrons are recommended to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to performance start time. If you arrive late, please be mindful of the performance and enter quietly.

BAGS: Schrott Center for the Arts reserves the right to inspect any bag or package brought into this facility.