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Concert FAQs

August 20, 2021

Here are some of the questions you've been asking, and some of the answers we've been finding!

What are your requirements for attending a concert?

Safety first! We are requiring patrons be fully vaccinated and wearing masks for the duration of the concert. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

What other measures are you taking for safety? 

  • Our concerts will be a bit shorter - about an hour - with no intermission. 
  • Reduced seating capacity in the theatre. We have two performances of each of our first 3 fall concerts, with reduced, all-pairs only seating at each. (No single ticket or odd numbers available at this time, in order to accommodate the reduced seating plans.)
  • No printed programs. We will have an online program so that you can still be informed about all the works, soloists, and composers, but no printed materials for ushers to have to handle. 
  • No concessions for sale at the theatre. 
  • Our popular pre-concert lectures will be available with Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel online the week before the concert.
  • Anyone requiring a ticket exchange due to health and safety concerns may do so without incurring an exchange fee.

For up-to-date health and safety information, visit our Health & Safety Page.

Can I have my regular seats if I am a subscriber?

We cannot guarantee your preferred seats this year with our reduced capacity seating. You will be able to select your seats online from what is available when you purchase. Next year, we hope to return to normal conditions, and you will retain your seating at that point.

I know it’s tough now; how can I help the Ticketing staff at MBT?

With reduced staff, hours, and all of the other challenges of these times, you can help by purchasing your tickets and selecting your seats online, rather than calling, if you are able. If you experience any problems, they are available by phone, but please know it may take them a couple of days to get back to you. 

  • MBT Ticketing: (360) 734-6080
  • MBT Box Office Hours: 10:00AM to 2:00PM, M-F. In person or by phone 2 hours prior to show time.

Tip: Enter “Bellingham Symphony” in the search bar on the MBT website to bring up all BSO events.


Will there be pre concert lectures?

Yes! We will continue to have pre concert lectures about the program by Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel - only now in video! This will be for most concerts (not including Holiday Joy). You will be able to access the pre concert lecture on our website during the week before each concert.

Where can I find guest artist & repertoire information?

Guest artist & repertoire information can be found by visiting the Events page of our website and viewing the details of each concert. Please be aware that all programs and artists are subject to change, as we’ve all come to expect and understand in these times.

Do you still have Take-a-Teen tickets available?

If your teen is fully vaccinated, yes. Please arrange for these tickets either by phone or in person at the MBT Box office. (See contact information above).

How about Classical Kids?

Until there is a vaccine for the littles, we are suspending in-person activities for this program. Please see our Education and Community Pages for activities to keep kids involved in music and classical music. 

What precautions are the musicians taking?

All of our musicians are fully vaccinated, and have been following BSO Safety & Health Guidelines at rehearsals as well. 

What if we purchase tickets and then do not feel well on the day of the concert? 

Safety first! We will be happy to exchange your ticket for another one later in the season. If you’d like to donate it back to us to support our programs, we’d love that too. Talk to the great staff at the MBT Box Office about your options should you find yourself in this situation. 

My kids are under 12, and cannot yet be vaccinated. How can they enjoy the music?

We will be providing a broadcast version of each concert the weekend following the concert, Sunday at noon, airing on BTV (City of Bellingham’s public broadcast station) as well as our website. This will be free, and your littles can still enjoy the music and learn about it through this broadcast. 

  • BSO Website: www.bellinghamsymphony.org/watch
  • BTV: BTV can be viewed on cable television in the greater Bellingham/Whatcom County area as well as via the internet. For Comcast Xfinity Cable system: Channel 10 in standard definition or Channel 321 in high definition. For CenturyLink’s PRISM cable: Channel 40 in standard definition or Channel 1040 in high definition.

I’m not comfortable yet going to a concert, how can I enjoy the music?

You can view our concerts on BTV the weekend following the concert, Sunday at noon, in a video format, or through our website on the Watch & Listen Page. We are proud to keep classical music and our programming as accessible as possible, particularly in these times.

  • BSO Website: www.bellinghamsymphony.org/watch
  • BTV: BTV can be viewed on cable television in the greater Bellingham/Whatcom County area as well as via the internet. For Comcast Xfinity Cable system: Channel 10 in standard definition or Channel 321 in high definition. For CenturyLink’s PRISM cable: Channel 40 in standard definition or Channel 1040 in high definition.

I want to make sure the music continues. How can I help? 

We have other programming also available on our website supporting students, educators, and all who love classical music. We are not charging for any of this content this season, but we would love your support to keep the music alive!  Keeping our organization vibrant and relevant is what we’ve been working on this entire time, and we couldn’t do it without you. Click here to support the BSO.


"We just wanted to send you a quick email to say THANK YOU for making our music jobs possible this year. 

With your support, we were able to purchase a subscription to Music First, which included a program called Soundtrap. Using Soundtrap, students recorded their parts to songs we were working on during class. We were then able to use that same program to put the recordings together into one ensemble.

We're all super proud of our students and are incredibly thankful that you helped make this possible! Thank you again for your support!"

- Bellingham School District Music Teacher