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Fraser Auditorium

Fraser Auditorium is located on the campus of Laurentian University. Take Ramsey Lake Road from Paris Street and turn right on to University Road. Free parking is available at the University with your SSO ticket.

Fraser Auditorium is also accessible by GOVA routes 3 and 4. Please contact GOVA for schedules and information.

This comfortable 660 seat space is perfectly sized for both our orchestra and our audience. You’ll be treated to a performance that feels both intimate and grand. The Fraser Auditorium is also home to Sudbury’s only Steinway grand piano, allowing your SSO to invite renowned pianists for concerto performances. Join us for special events in the upstairs Alumni Hall.

Please contact GOVA for schedules and information.

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Please Note:

  • The time that concerts begin; latecomers will be seated at a suitable break in the performance.
  • Cameras and recording devices are not permitted in the auditorium.
  • Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off upon entering the auditorium.
  • Some of our audience members have allergies; please exercise moderation in the use of fragrances.
  • Bottled water is available for purchase pre-concert and at intermission in the lobby.


What should I wear?

Contrary to what many people think, formal attire, such as tuxedos or evening gowns, is not required at symphony concerts. Although our musicians will be dressed in their best, we encourage our audience members to wear clothing that makes them feel comfortable.

How far in advance should I arrive?

We suggest that you plan to arrive approximately 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. This will allow you to find your seat, relax and read the programme notes.To help reduce distracting noises during the performances, there are designated pauses in each program when late arrivals will be able to be seated.

How long is a typical concert?

A typical SSO concert will run just under two hours with one intermission. Our Family Matinée is one hour in length, with no intermission.

When do I applaud?

Until the late nineteenth century, it was customary for audiences to applaud at the end of every section or movement of a given piece, where there is a short pause. However, modern audiences tend to wait until the end of an entire piece to applaud to be respectful of the musical continuity and artists’ concentration.

To find out the number of movements (and corresponding number of pauses) in a piece, simply turn to the program page in your program book. At the end of the piece, the conductor will put his or her arms down and turn to the audience, signaling the end; where you can clap to your heart’s content.

What if I need to cough?

If you have a cold, please come prepared! Take some cough medicine in advance, and bring unwrapped lozenges with you, as unwrapping them may cause a distraction in the concert.

If you feel the need to cough during a concert, try to ‘bury’ your cough in a loud passage of music. If you begin to cough a lot, it is completely acceptable to quietly exit the auditorium, and re-enter at an appropriate point of the concert.