One of my favorite things to do in the summer is spend my lunch break with the symphony. What? That’s even possible? Yes!!! The ISO puts on a fabulous lunch break series once a week for only $5. I wrote an introductory post last year about the ISO lunch break series. This year, I’m sharing 5 tips and tricks to enjoying the show!
ISO Lunch Break Series Tips and Tricks
- BYOL – Bring your own lunch! This event encourages people to bring their own lunch to enjoy during the show. I typically bring a sandwich and water – something easy and not stinky. My go-to is a healthy juice from GreenLeaf, which is located right off the circle. If you have enough time, head over to the city market to check out three carrots for something to go.2. Buy tickets ahead of time. You can purchase tickets to the shows online on the ISO website. This will save time at the door and allows you to get the best seat instead of waiting. The seats are first come first serve. If you’re going with a group, it’s best to send someone in to reserve seats so you can all enjoy the show together. Oh did I mention it’s only $5? That’s a great deal!
3. The shows are only 40 minutes long. This is the perfect length to have enough time to grab lunch, see the show and then walk back to the office. It varies, but average orchestra concerts are about 90 minutes to two hours long, with an intermission at the halfway point. 40 minutes is the perfect length for a “lunchtime break”.
4. Will I like the music? If you’re nervous about what the performance is like, I highly recommend looking at the schedule to find out what the theme of the week is. This week is a Patriotic theme. If you are new to the symphony, pick something that you’re familiar with. The patriotic performance and the John Williams performance would be my top picks for beginners. This is the time to let go of any preconceptions you may have about classical music or the concert experience! 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. Feel the rhythms; follow the tunes. You’ll be surprised how many songs you recognize.
5. Unplug. Turn off your phone or put it in your pocket/purse. It’s so relaxing to get lost in the music. Don’t be that person snap chatting the song (even IF it’s really cool).. or answering texts. Enjoy 40 minutes being disconnected! It’s amazing how refreshed you’ll feel if you just put down your phone and listen.
Have you ever attended an ISO lunch break series? Let me know what you think!