Plan Your Visit

If this is your first time at the Belcher Center or to a Longview Symphony Orchestra concert, you may have some questions. Let us help you make your experience the best possible.

Hilton Garden Inn, Longview, TexasI'm visiting from out of town. Where can I stay?

The Hilton Garden Inn in Longview is the official hotel of the Longview Symphony, and is located only 6 miles from the Belcher Center.

What should I wear?

Most of our concert-goers will be wearing business casual to cocktail dress. While people today in general tend to dress casually, we invite you to make each concert more special by dressing up.

What time should I arrive?

All Longview Symphony Orchestra performances begin at 7:30 p.m. it is best to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled performance, which will leave you plenty of time for parking, picking up tickets, visiting the restroom and locating your seat. You will also be able to enjoy pre-concert music (which starts at 7) and socialize with friends.

What happens if I arrive late?

You’ll be seated as soon as there is an appropriate pause in the performance.

Can I take a call? Can I record the performance?

Please be sure to silence all phones and devices. While we know the performance is amazing, copyright laws prohibit any recording of our concerts. Thank you for helping to make the Longview Symphony concert a great experience for everyone!

Can I bring a snack or drink?

Unfortunately, food and drinks are not allowed in the concert hall. There is coffee and water available before the concert and during intermission (and sometimes delicious treats as well!).

May I bring my children to the concert?

Every age is welcome at the Longview Symphony concerts. Here are some good tips if you want to bring your budding concert-goer to the symphony:

  • Choose seats toward the back (or on the sides) that will make it easy to slip out if needed. Some pieces are a little lengthier and may last up to 30 minutes.
  • Look at the concert section of our website for a list of songs that will be played, and play them at home the week of the concert. Ask your child what they liked about the piece and what they didn’t like. The more familiar your child is with the piece, the more they will enjoy it at the concert.
  • This link offers more ideas on how to make the symphony special for your child(ren).

When do I clap?

When in doubt, clap when everyone else does. The audience usually claps when the concertmaster walks out on stage, when the conductor enters the stage, and at the end of a piece. The trick is figuring out how many parts there are to a piece. In your program, if you see numbers under the composer and title, that’s how many parts there are. There is usually silence in between all the parts and clapping after the last one.

Other interesting articles about the symphony:

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    Friday, December 4, 2020, 7:30 PM

    Letourneau University Belcher Center

    Santa Claus is coming to Longview along with your favorite carols and carolers. Bring the entire family to celebrate the happiest time of the year!

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  • The Magic of Harry PotterThe Magic of Harry Potter

    Friday, April 9, 2021, 7:30 PM

    Letourneau University Belcher Center

    The Longview Symphony will perform John Williams's unforgettable score and bring the wizardry of Harry Potter to East Texas.

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