Although our musicians don’t object to applause at any time, most audiences at our classical and baroque concerts wait until the end of an entire piece to clap. If you’re not sure when a piece ends, just check your program. Beneath the name of each piece, it will list the piece’s movements, or sections. The audience usually waits until the last movement is over to clap.
If you’re still not sure, you can keep an eye on the conductor – when the piece is over, they will put their arms down and turn to the audience. Or, you can just wait until the clapping begins and then join in!