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What time do I need to arrive?

Concert hall doors open an hour prior to the performance for Concert Conversations. If you don't plan to sit in on the Conversations, plan to arrive 20 minutes before the performance time, so you can find your seat, turn off your cell phone, and have time to glance through the program book. If you need to purchase a ticket, you will probably want to allow more time as the line often gets long near the start time for the performance.

How long will the performance be?

It varies, but most of our Masterworks performances are about 90 minutes to two hours long, with a 15 to 20-minute intermission at the halfway point. Drinks and snacks are for sale in the lobby before the Saturday night performances and during intermission. Refreshments are not permitted in the concert hall.

When are the Masterworks pre-concert talks held?

Join QCSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith in an exploration of the Masterworks programs on the Thursday evening preceding each Masterworks weekend as he brings you inside the lives of the composers and the life of the music itself.  These events are free to the public and open to experts and novices alike. Inside the Music is hosted by the Hotel Blackhawk. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with snacks and cash bar provided.

Concert Conversations is hosted by Kai Swanson an hour before each performance in the concert hall and usually includes a visit from Music Director Mark Russell Smith and the featured guest artists.

When will I be seated if I’m late?

As a courtesy to performers and audience members, latecomers arriving after the concertmaster has entered the stage will not be seated until an appropriate interval in the performance. Generally, this will be during breaks between pieces or symphony movements.

Can I take pictures of the performers?

The use of cameras and any kind of audio or video recording equipment is not permitted in the concert hall unless authorized by QCSO management in advance and in writing. Use of flash is prohibited at all times. All electronic signals on watches, cell phones, pagers and other equipment must be turned off before performances.

What should I wear?

Anything that makes you feel comfortable is fine. Most people will be wearing business clothes or slightly dressy casual clothes for Saturday evening performances; the Sunday afternoon matinee is often more casual.

When are the hours for the QCSO Box Office in Davenport?

The QCSO Box Office is located at 327 Brady Street in Davenport and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. You can contact the Box Office by phone at 563.322.QCSO (7276).

When is the Box Office at the Concert Hall open?

The Box Office will be open at all events 90 minutes prior to the publicized start time.

What if my question is not answered here?

If you have additional questions, please call the QCSO Box office at 563.322.QCSO (7276).