Frequently Asked Questions


Ever wonder what to wear, when to clap, when to arrive, what do to if you’re late? You’re not alone!

We want you to have a great evening with us, relax and enjoy the music! Here are some answers to a few questions you may have.

Is there a dress code?

No, we don’t have a dress code, other than for those on the stage! Please come as you feel comfortable - jeans are perfectly acceptable, but if you would like to dress up more, please do so!

Can i bring my children?

We welcome children and young people to all concerts. If your children are under 12 you might prefer to bring them to our Holiday Peppermint Pops concert, which takes place at the Hancock Performing Arts Center on Sunday December 1, 2019 at 3:00PM.

Will i be allowed into the concert if I am late?

Yes, one of our staff members or ushers will escort you to your seat in between movements of the piece or after the piece is finished.

Can i get the soloist’s or conductor’s autographs?

Sometimes artists sign copies of the program in the foyer after the concert - we can let you know in advanced if there is a signing taking place.

What time do the doors open?

The majority of GCSO concerts begin at 7:30pm, the concert hall will open 1 hour before the performance.

Can i buy a ticket at the door?

Yes! The box office is there for you to purchase individual tickets when the doors open. Please refer to our ticket prices for each concert.

When should I clap?

A much-debated question! It is traditional to clap at the end of a piece of music, as opposed to after each movement. This is to help the music flow smoothly, or to set the scene for the following movement. Your program should give you a clue as to how many movements there are. But often it’s not so clear cut. It can be helpful to look at the conductor who will usually provide a signal that the piece has ended, or to follow others in the audience. We do of course love it when people express their delight at our performance, but if you feel uncomfortable and unsure about when to clap, it’s generally best to wait for others to start.

What happens if I lost my ticket?

Don’t worry! If you have lost your ticket or it has not arrived in the mail, please let us know at the box office. We keep records just for these cases.

Can i take photos?

We ask that you don’t take photos of the Orchestra or Musicians during the music, since it can be distracting to them and other audience members, especially if the flash goes off. Please feel free to take photos before and after the music (during the applause). If you’re sharing them on social media, don’t forget to tag us! @GCSO_MS

We also ask you politely not to make audio or video recording of the music as this is illegal, even if its just for your own enjoyment.

Are the bars and RESTAURANTS open after the concert?

Yes! Many downtown favorites in Gulfport are still open after our concerts. You may even see one of our musicians or staff there as well, join us!

If there are any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us!