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The Seattle Symphony, 1957

The Seattle Symphony performing with the Budapest String Quartet in 1957. View more in the LIFE photo archives.

An Evening at the Symphony

Symphony season is in full swing, and questions about what to wear often show up. Nowadays for most performances, people visiting will be in a wide range of different attire, getting more casual as you move further west from New York and Chicago.

Here’s the general rule of thumb: dinner jackets are now typically only worn during opening nights and gala events. For all other nights, a dark suit or sportcoat with odd trousers are ideal – pair with a muted tie, pocket square, and captoe shoes and you’re all set.

Pictured above, a performance by the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.

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