Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Granada Theatre?
1214 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(Cross streets – Anapamu and Victoria)
The Granada Theatre Box Office is located to the left of the theatre entrance on State Street.
- From 101 Freeway exit Carrillo Street.
- Turn east toward mountains and downtown Santa Barbara.
- Follow Carrillo Street to Chapala Street.
- Turn left on Chapala Street.
- Turn right on Victoria Street.
- Turn right on Anacapa Street. There is a paid parking lot on the right, directly behind the theatre.
Where can I park?
The Granada parking garage is located conveniently behind the Granada Theatre on Anacapa Street. Passenger loading and unloading zones are available in front of the theatre on State Street and on the sides of the theatre on Anapamu and Victoria Streets.
How long will the concert be?
Concerts typically run about 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission in between, unless otherwise noted.
What should I wear?
There is no required dress code for our concerts. Contrary to what many people think, formal attire such as tuxedos and evening gowns are not required. Most concertgoers wear business or business casual attire. We do however discourage concertgoers from wearing strong perfume or cologne.
Can I bring the kids?
Classical series concerts are not suited for children under 8 years of age. Please keep in mind that all audience members are asked to remain seated and quiet during the performance as a courtesy to other patrons and the performers.
Are drinks and snacks available at the concert?
Yes, the Granada Theatre concessions stand and bar are both open before the concert and during intermission.
I’ve never been to an orchestra concert before. What should I expect?
Expect to enjoy yourself! This is the time to let go of any preconceptions you may have about classical music or the concert experience. If you feel a little nervous, that’s OK. Some things about the concert may seem strange because they’re new to you, but if you just focus on the music, you’ll have a great time. Open yourself up to the music. Let it trigger your emotions, maybe even your memories. Feel the rhythms; follow the tunes. Watch the musicians and the conductor, and see how they interact with each other. Notice how the music ebbs and flows, surging and powerful at some times, delicate and ephemeral at others, and everything in between.
What is classical music?
The term “classical music” is a generic term applied to a type of music. Classical music encompasses many styles of music spanning over 700 years – anything from a Bach Concerto to a Brahms Rhapsody, anything from an Adams tone poem to a Schubert Symphony. Generally, classical music is played by a symphonic ensemble comprised of strings (violins, violas, cellos, and basses), woodwinds (clarinets, oboes, flutes, and bassoons), brass (trumpets, French horns, trombones, and tubas) and percussion (drums, xylophones, and bells), or some combination thereof.
What if I don’t know anything about classical music?
Just come and enjoy! We provide program books with biographies and notes about the composers and pieces at every concert. Just make sure to pick one up in the lobby or ask an usher for a one.
If you sign up for our mailing list, you can get the program notes emailed to you the week before the concert. We also encourage first-timers to arrive early for Ramón Araiza’s “Music Behind the Music” Pre-Concert Talk.
When should I clap?
Generally, it is considered proper concert etiquette to clap only after a piece is complete. Some orchestral music has more than one movement. You can look at your program book to find out how many movements a piece has. Usually, there is a 15- to 30-second pause between movements. If all else fails, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to clap before applauding!