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Bay Area Classical Music Meetup Message Board › Member's Guide to the Meetup

Member's Guide to the Meetup

A former member
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This page provides more detail about the meetup.

Who Should Attend?
Everyone is welcome. Many experienced music lovers attend our events. New listeners are encouraged. Bringing guests is encouraged. The organizers impose no limit on the size of any event.
What Types of Events Are Scheduled?
Classical music, broadly defined. Symphony, opera, chamber music, recitals, documentary films about music, live broadcasts are all on the menu. We present a variety of periods, styles, and ensembles and at different price levels.
How Much do Events Cost?
The Meetup itself charges no fees. The only cost is the price of a ticket, if the event requires a paid ticket. Some events are free. For those events that require a ticket, the norm is to purchase the ticket yourself. Occasionally, we'll buy tix together through our PayPal account. Ticket prices range from $3 to opera tickets prices ($30 to $100 depending on where you sit). For the same event, there are usually a range of ticket prices depending on where you site. During the summer we present more free outdoor events, while during the fall/winter/spring, we present more paid indoor events.
Frequency of Events
The meetup presents a few events each month that the organizers feel passionate about. We will have at least two and as many as four events each month.
Meeting People
There is always a social event either before or after. This will usually be at a bar, cafe, or restaurant near the performance venu. The organizer will arrange the meeting place and inform everyone who has RSVP'd. Members are welcome to bring guests along with them to the event (the guest must also obtain their own ticket).
Where do we meet?
It varies. Sometimes we have dinner together before a performance, sometimes afterward. But we do try to gather near the venue.
When Should I RSVP? Can I show up at the last minute?
The organizers impose no deadline for RSVP. However, some times box office sells out of tickets. Also, the organizer might not check their email the day of the event, so you might not find out where it is if you RSVP on that day. If you are thinking of coming but aren't sure, it is a good idea to RSVP 'maybe' so you will get the meeting location and the organizer's cell phone.
Are Events Ever Closed or Limited Space?
The organizerse never close an event, nor do we place any size limit on the number of RSVPs. However, some events do sell out at the box office. Generally it is a good idea to get tickets in advance, as soon as you decide to go. Some times, sold out events release a few tickets on the day of the performance, so you can get lucky if you show up at the box office. Also rush tickets are oftentimes available.
Tickets and Seating
Free events do not require you to buy a ticket (though some free events require you to obtain a free ticket). For paid events, everyone is individually responsible for purchasing their own ticket (in advance, or at the door, as they are available). Each event description will contain instructions about how/where to buy tickets. If tickets can be purchased online with a credit card the event description will contain a link to the ticket purchasing page. The organizers will do their best to alert members of half-price and discounted tickets. You might consider signing up for Gold Star Events to get notified of half price tickets. Most events have a range of ticket prices depending on your budget. While people think of the symphony and the opera as expensive, they often have seats as low as $20. Because we seldom buy tickets as a group, we do not in general all sit together.
Email Communication
All emails are moderated through the Organizer. Members are invited to send along availability of a ticket or tickets they can't use and we will alert the other members.
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