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Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:42 am UTC
by aro3n
Okay, I'm a college student far from home, and I have just come into possession of a ticket to the Cleveland Orchestra. Technically the Cleveland Orchestra has no dress code, but they state that most people come in at least some form of business casual. Currently, however, the the extent of my formal-wear is a lab coat. Plus, I have class until a bit over 30 minutes from when they recommend people to show up.
Should I just come casually dressed, or an alternative? My class ending right before the concert is chemistry lab.

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:56 am UTC
by RandomString
Unless you think you'll be uncomfortable being less dressed up than the other people, go with casual.

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:05 am UTC
by Fat Zombie
Couldn't you pick up a cheap suit, somewhere?

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:20 am UTC
by ++$_
Just wear the best of what you have. It'll be fine. No one is looking at you.

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:30 am UTC
by meatyochre
I went to the Lyric Opera in Chicago recently. There were students there in jeans, and patrons there in formal tuxedos. Wear what you want, nobody is likely to care once the lights go down.

Honestly, if you want to look nice, khakis and a polo are sufficiently fancy.

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:46 am UTC
by aro3n
Thanks for the responses, I talked to someone who said they went to one of those concerts in their PJs. Apparently, nobody cares much — as long as you are in fact clothed. :roll:

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:51 pm UTC
by Chai Kovsky
Seconding that. People generally dress nicer for the opera than for orchestral concerts (historical anomaly, I suppose). I'd say jeans and a nice top/button-down shirt (whichever is applicable) would be more than sufficient for most venues.

The exception to this would probably include the premiere of a new piece, which often occasions a fancier level of dress (khakis or slacks instead of jeans, say).

The performers themselves usually wear "performance blacks," which are just reasonably nice black clothes (slacks and a blouse, say), and you certainly don't have to look fancier than they.

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:37 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
Yeah, you can definitely get away with nice jeans and a nice button-down shirt. Avoid sneakers.

But honestly, you won't get thrown out for anything short of nudity.

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
by Dave_Wise
My advice is to choose your least crappy pair of jeans- black for preference- and add a white shirt on top. That, and a cheery smile and a 'what, honestly, it's cool' attitude will help you through most places where formal dress is required.

Re: Orchestra Performance Formalwear

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:47 pm UTC
by Kang
Another rule of thumb for the orchestra: the better your seat, the better you should dress.