Frequently Asked Questions

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What is chamber music?

Chamber music is instrumental music performed by a small ensemble with one player per part. Ensembles can be composed of any variety of wind or string instruments and include duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and sextets. The majority of chamber music ensembles do not use a conductor. 

How is chamber music different from an orchestra?

In an orchestra there are multiple players per part, whereas in chamber music there is one player per part. In chamber orchestras, there are still multiple players to a part, but fewer than in a symphony orchestra. 

What ticket discounts are offered to students?

Student tickets are being offered at half price accross all venues with CMSDetroit.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, discounts begin at 15% for groups of 10 or more; larger groups receive higher discounts.  For more information, please email us at info@CMSDetroit.org.

What should I wear?

Some people like to dress up, some like to be casual. Come to our concerts in what makes you feel comfortable. 

When should I arrive?

It is best to arrive 20 to 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled concert time. 

Where can I learn about the music before the concert? 

Pre-concert events are free to ticket holders and are a great way to learn more about the musical works and artists before the concert.  They typically begin at 6:45 PM and include talks, interviews with artists, recitals or a film. There are also detailed program notes given out to audience members. 

What happens if I am late to a concert?

If you are late to a concert, you will be seated by an usher between movements or after the completion of the first piece.  Likewise, patrons who leave the hall during a piece will be seated between movements or following the completion of the piece. 

How long is a typical concert?

The main series concerts last about 2 hours with a 25-minute intermission. 

When should I applaud?

While a short pause generally follows each movement in a work, it is not customary to applaud during these breaks. Instead, wait until after the final movement of the work. 

Can I bring children? 

Due to the length and setting of our concert series, it is not generally appropriate for children under the age of 8. 




What venues are featured within your 2018-2019 Season?

There are 7 different venues that are featured. Click on the name of the venue below to receive more details.


Seligman Performing Arts Center  (Signature Series)                                   DIA Lecture Hall (Subscriber-Only Event)

Orchestra Hall (75th Season Finale)                                                         Schaver Music Recital Hall  (inDepth Series)

Varner Recital Hall (Oakland Series)                                           The Villiage Theatre at Cherry Hill (Cherry Hill Series)

Grosse Pointe War Memorial (War Memorial Series)


What amenities does Seligman Performing Arts Center offer to handicapped patrons?

Seligman Performing Arts Center is wheelchair accessible.  There are four wheelchair seats available in Row X, and there is an elevator in the lobby that can take patrons to the upper rows of the hall. A wheelchair is also available upon request; please try to call (313) 335-3300 ahead of time and let us know if you will require a wheelchair.

Personal sound amplifiers are available for the hard of hearing.

There are a number of handicap parking spots in the circular driveway at Seligman.  Please let a parking guard know if you need a handicap spot.


What refreshments are offered at the Society Café?

The Society Café are the refreshments served during the intermission of Signature Series concerts. The Society Café offers a variety of inexpensively priced desserts plus spring water, coffee, tea, and in the colder weather, hot chocolate.  Desserts vary from concert to concert and may include cookies, biscotti, brownies, bars and cupcakes.


I’ve never been to Seligman Performing Arts Center.  Where is it located on the Detroit Country Day School campus?

Seligman Performing Arts Center is located at 22305 West 13 Mile Road, near the corner of Lahser and 13 Mile Roads in Beverly Hills.  To enter the campus, take the driveway entrance on the north side of 13 Mile Road just east of Lahser.  At the top of the driveway you will come to a circular driveway.  The parking lot is on your right, and Seligman Performing Arts Center is on the far left side of the circle.


Subscriber Benefits

If a subscriber is unable to use his or her ticket for a concert, can it be turned in?

Subscribers may call in advance of concerts to request that their ticket amount be donated as a tax credit if they are unable to use their tickets for a concert.  Subscribers may also call to exchange tickets for another concert during the same season, subject to ticket availability. 




Additional Information


How can I place an ad in the Chamber Music Society of Detroit program book?

To advertise in our program book, call (313) 335-3353 or email Willa@CMSDetroit.org. 

Does the Chamber Music Society of Detroit offer gift certificates?

Yes, gift certificates for Chamber Music Society of Detroit concerts and series are available. They make wonderful gifts for music lovers and can be purchased in any quantity – either single tickets or subscriptions.  To purchase your gift certificate, call our office at (313) 335-3300.

How do I make an endowment gift to the Chamber Music Society?

Many loyal supporters have chosen to make endowment gifts to the Chamber Music Society of Detroit as a way to ensure the longevity of the organization and its contribution to the cultural growth and enrichment of our community. Charitable Planned Giving contributions may be made to the Chamber Music Society in a number of ways including monetary gifts, bequests, trusts, and insurance plans. For more information about Charitable Planned Giving, click here to send an email to Steve@CMSDetroit.org, or call (313) 335-3353.


How can I learn more about the Chamber Music Society of Detroit?

Learn more about the Chamber Music Society of Detroit by signing up to receive email notifications, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram. Exploring our website and press room is also a good way to get to know the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. 


Is there information available on your Facebook page that’s not available on your website?

Facebook provides an opportunity for the CMSD to communicate last-minute information to its followers, such as program changes, last-minute ticket discounts and other offers.  Please like us on Facebook and begin receiving special announcements!

If you have questions that were not answered in the FAQ's above, please call (313) 335-3300 or email info@CMSDetroit.org.