Plan your Visit

What to Expect

If you’re reading this page, that means you’re hopefully joining us soon for a concert, and we love that. We care a LOT about growing our audience and making sure people who are newer to classical music and/or orchestra concerts have a great experience so ultimately you come back again. Have a question, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, or by email, and we might even add the question to this list.

Where do we perform, exactly?

We currently perform at the Historic Fulton Theatre, Millersville’s Winter Center & the Cultural Center on the campus of Willow Valley.

What’s a good seat?

We’re asked this a lot and most people will tell you that because the Fulton Theatre is an intimate venue (only about 680 seats compared to typical concert halls which are double or even triple that size), there really is no bad seat in the house.

When we are outside of the Fulton Theatre, the best locations are in the center and towards the back of the house as it helps the sounds blend better.

What can I expect for the price?

Prices start from $27.50 to $63.50 each. There are a few other helpful tips you should know as well:

  • Most of our concerts are at or near capacity, so whenever you see a concert you’d like to attend, you save by not waiting (and of course you have better seats to choose from as well).
  • If you’re a college student on a budget, be sure to bring your student ID to take advantage of our Student Rush and get any seat for $25. This is available 30 minutes before start of concert, at door sales only.
What do I wear?

More than anything, we want you to be comfortable when you join us for a concert, so dress in a way that works for you. Some people love dressing up and going out—if that’s you, do it and you won’t be the only one, we promise. If you prefer to be more casual, then you probably won’t be the only one dressed casually, either. What you won’t see is a lot of is black tie. In short, we’re just glad you’re joining us.

How do I get a drink at the concert?

Like most venues, we have a bar, but here’s where we’re different than a lot of other orchestras: we have partnered with the Fulton Theatre to allow patrons to bring drinks inside the theater. No more waiting in line before the show or at intermission only to have two minutes left to enjoy your cocktail and dash to your seats. Bring your drink with you and sip while you listen—it’s ok! One more tip: the Fulton Theater bar staff allows you to pre-order your drink(s) for intermission. Before the concert begins, visit the lobby bar to place your order, and then when you come out for intermission, you’ll see your drink ready, literally with your name on it.

Unfortunately, when we’re not at the Fulton Theatre, drinks are usually not available for purchase.

When do the doors open?

The doors will open 1 hour before the concert for our 30 min Pre-concert chat that’s free to all ticket holders.

Is there anything I should know before I go?

We try to make our concerts self-containing, meaning at the performance itself you will learn a little from your program book as well as from the Maestro / Mastra as they sometimes briefly introduce the pieces from the stage. If you’d like some information ahead of time, we have multiple ways to help you do that:

  • The pre-concert talk starts one hour before the performance, is free to concert attendees, and lasts about 30 minutes, so you have a half hour between the talk and concert to get a drink, use the restroom, mingle, etc.  During the talk, we’ll cover topics such as why we programmed the particular pieces on that concert, things you should listen for during the performance, and information about the composer.
  • Listen to the concert playlist on Spotify, which are located on the Concert Detail pages. These can be accessed from the homepage or by going on the Order Tickets page.
  • Please don’t unwrap candy, mints or cough drops during the music.
  • Photography, audio or video recording is not permitted during the performance.
  • Please refrain from using strong perfume or cologne.
How long is the concert?

Concerts vary in length depending on how long each piece is in the program, but usually range from about 90-110 minutes.

Cell phones?

We love to see happy concertgoers sharing their LSO experience by snapping selfies and checking in on Facebook BEFORE a performance. We also love to see respectful attendees who silence their cell phone before the concert begins. We prefer to leave the music and the percussion up to the professionals! Cell phones that light up or go off during a concert can be very distracting to the performers and other attendees. Please remember to put your phone in silent mode!

What else should I expect?

What we hear often is that seeing a live orchestra—whether producing a giant wall of sound or playing such difficult, technical passages all in synch—would be so awe-inspiring. There is something about the live experience that just can’t be beat, and that’s music to our ears.

Parking Made Simple

We’re always asked, “Where’s the best place to park?”, so we’ve created parking maps below for the various venues where we perform. Each of our venues offer parking that accommodates all ages and abilities.

Fulton Theatre

For concerts at the Fulton Theatre, metered on-street parking or parking at the Hager Lots (Prince and King Streets, Lancaster), the Prince Street Garage (111 N Prince St, Lancaster), and the Central Garage (43 S Prince St, Lancaster) is available.

Millersville University

For concerts at the Millersville University Winter Center, parking is available in open lots on Cove Drive or in the Gaige Parking Garage (corner of N Prince St and W Cottage Ave, Millersville).

Willow Valley Cultural Center

For the concert at the Willow Valley Cultural Center, parking is available in the lots in front of and behind the venue.

Where to Dine

Our current partner restaurants offer a 10% food discount when you show your Symphony tickets. Please note that the discount does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tip, or tax. Restaurant discounts may change without notice.

Annie Bailey’s
28 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-393-4000

General Sutter Inn &
Bull’s Head Public House
14 E. Main Street, Lititz, PA
(717) 626-2115

Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches
25 N. Queen Street
Lancaster, PA
(717) 394-5544

Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N. Plum Street
Lancaster, PA
(717) 391-6258

Marion Court Room
7 Marion Court
Lancaster, PA
(717) 399-1970

Plough
25 South Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-207-4095

Stockyard Inn Steakhouse
1147 Lititz Pike #1
Lancaster, PA
(717) 394-7975

The Imperial
26 East Chestnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-399-4040

The Loft
201 W. Orange Street
Lancaster, PA
(717) 299-0661

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