Frequently Asked

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General Questions

Q: Are tickets required for concerts?

A: Tickets are not required for the Dame Myra Hess or Rush Hour Concerts.

Q: How much does it cost to attend a concert?

A: All concerts are free.

Q: Where are the concerts located?

A: Dame Myra Hess Concerts take place at Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. It is located at 55 W. Wacker Place, Chicago.

Rush Hour Concerts are located at St. James Cathedral, located at 65 E. Huron Street, Chicago.

The Do-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Q: What time do doors open for concerts?

A: The doors at Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, open at 11:30 am for the 12:15 Hess Concert. Doors at St. James Cathedral open at 5:00 pm for the 5:45 Rush Hour Concerts.

Q:Are there pre-performance talks for all concerts?

A: There are pre-performance talks for all Rush Hour Concerts. The pre-concert talk begins at 5:15pm and all take place in the sanctuary.

Q: Is parking available for concerts?

A: Neither Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago nor St. James Cathedral have on site parking available. However, there are several public parking garages located nearby both facilities.
Q: Can I film the concerts with my phone?

A: Photography and recording during a performance is strictly prohibited.

Q: Are all concerts just 45 minutes long?

A: Yes, typically the Dame Myra Hess Concerts and Rush Hour Concerts are 45 minutes in duration.

Q: When are dates for Do-It-Yourself Messiah announced?

A: The Do-It-Yourself Messiah dates are announced in September.

Q: How long is Do-It-Yourself Messiah?

A: The Do-It-Yourself Messiah lasts for approximately two hours.

Q: Do I need to bring a score for Do-It-Yourself Messiah?

A: You are welcome to bring a score from home. If you do not have a score, they will be available for purchase in the lobby.

Q: Can I watch concerts online if I can't attend?

A: The Dame Myra Hess Concerts and Rush Hour Concerts are live video streamed on the CMC website.

Q: Can I sponsor a concert?

A: YES! Concerts are available for sponsorship at the $2,500 level. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or commemorate a special date, such as a birthday or anniversary.

Q: Can I bring food or beverages to the concerts?

A: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the auditorium of Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist or inside the sanctuary at St. James Cathedral. Audience members will be asked to dispose of any food or drink before entering the performance space.

Q: Are the concert locations accessible?

A: Yes, both St. James Cathedral and Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago are ADA accessible.
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