I’m having trouble buying tickets online, can you help me?
Of course! Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 503-222-6000. If you are having trouble purchasing tickets online, we’re happy to take your order over the phone. Unlike the internet, our box office is not open 24/7. Hours are 10am-2pm Monday through Friday. If the box office is closed, leave a message and we’ll get back to you. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 up until 2pm on the Friday of performance weekend (i.e. on-line sales for Saturday and Sunday performances also stop at 2pm on Friday). Please note that the same service fees apply for online and phone orders.
Can I purchase tickets at the performance or do I need to do so in advance?
Because our performances frequently sell out (especially Handel’s Messiah), we recommend that you purchase tickets in advance or, better yet, consider a subscription for best prices and seats. Even if we are not sold out, there can be long lines or limited seats when purchasing at the door. If you must purchase tickets at the door, remaining tickets for that day’s performance are for sale at the venue box office, which opens 90 minutes prior to curtain for regular concerts, and 60 minutes prior for Young People’s Concerts. For sold-out shows, queue numbers are passed out when the box office opens, and if you are patient, we frequently have returned tickets available for sale at the last minute. In any case, if you are purchasing at the door, be sure to arrive early!
Do you offer discounted tickets?
Discounted student and senior rates apply to our section “C” seating for all of our concerts, subject to availability in that section. For all of our regular concerts, PBO does offer $5 student rush tickets for youth and full-time college students with valid student I.D., subject to availability. Student Rush tickets can be purchased on the day of show only at the venue box office. PBO is a founding member of the Arts for All program which offers $5 tickets, subject to availability, to patrons with an Oregon Trail card. You may purchase these in advance from the Box Office or at the door; showing your Oregon Trail card to be eligible.
What about group rates?
Where should I park for your concerts?
Parking at First Baptist Church
First Baptist is located on the corner of SW 12th and Taylor downtown. There is no parking lot for First Baptist Church that is open to the public, although there are several pay lots and a Smart Park garage within a few blocks of FBC. On-street parking is metered until 7 pm. Please allow yourself sufficient time to find parking or, better yet, use public transportation. The Streetcar and Max both have stops very close to the venue. To view a map click here.
Parking at Reed’s Kaul Auditorium
If you are attending an event scheduled in Kaul Auditorium, please enter the west parking lot from Botsford Drive. The west parking lot, the east parking lot on Woodstock Boulevard and the north parking lot on SE Steele Street are all available for event parking. There is also an additional parking lot on the corner of SE 28th Avenue and Steele Street. Please do not park on residential streets, you will be subject to ticketing.
To view a map click here.
Can I refund or exchange my tickets?
You can donate tickets for a tax credit in advance or at the door for the given concert, but we do not offer refunds or exchanges to single ticket buyers. Subscribers and Donors to the Orchestra have the option to exchange tickets for another concert if the exchange is arranged by Thursday prior to the performance weekend.
To donate your tickets back to PBO or to exchange subscription tickets, please mail them with a note of the concert you would like to exchange them for (or mention of donating them back). We will do our best to reseat subscribers in similar seating from concert to concert. Remember, we must receive your tickets by the Thursday prior to the performance, and exchange privileges are available only to Subscribers and Donors to PBO.
Portland Baroque Orchestra
1020 SW Taylor St, Ste 200
Portland, OR 97205
Is there a dress code for your concerts?
While many people enjoy getting a little dressy for our performances, there is no dress code. If dressing up is not your thing, don’t worry—this is Portland! Perfume and cologne: in consideration of those around you, please remember that some patrons have allergies to perfumes and colognes.
How early do I need to arrive for a concert?
Please try to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time (earlier is better if you plan to buy tickets at the door). This gives you ample time to settle in and helps us keep the show on time and running smoothly. Latecomers will be admitted at staff discretion between movements or works.
We offer pre-concert talks 60 minutes prior to most concerts (except Messiah and Young People’s Concerts). Free and open to the public, these talks are on topics related to the music being performed, and are presented by performers or guest scholars. They are great opportunities to learn more about the music and meet those creating it.
How long are your concerts?
Most concerts are about 2 hours in length (full Messiah performances are 3 hours in length), but please allow yourself ample time between engagements, as these times are not exact.
What do I do if I lost my tickets?
Take a deep breath and give us a call at 503-222-6000. We can reprint your tickets free of charge. If it is the same day as the concert we can look up your order on the spot, but please be sure to come a bit earlier.
I may have lost something at one of your performances, who should I contact?
First call the PBO office, 503-222-6000. We tend to take lost and found items back to the office with us.
Are your concerts appropriate for kids?
We offer Young People’s Concerts which are great for kids of all ages. We highly recommend you introduce your children to baroque music and concert-going via these concerts. If you have mature kids, well-versed in concert etiquette, we invite them to our regular performances.