In existence since 1911, the symphony orchestra performs a range of classic and modern works. The season runs from September to May. It also has a Pops series in the fall and winter. Most of these performances are held at the Long Center; a few are held at another auditorium called the Riverbend Centre (tel. 512/327-9416; www.riverbendcentre.com). It's located in Westlake Hills at 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. In June and July, every Wednesday from 9:30am to about 11:30am, kids can try out various orchestral instruments in the symphony's version of a petting zoo. This is held at Symphony Square, where the organization's offices are located. Symphony Square is a grouping of historic buildings at the intersection of Red River and 11th Street. These are situated around an outdoor amphitheater built of limestone. The buildings date from 1871 to 1877. Waller Creek runs between the seats and the stage of the amphitheater. The box office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; concert days noon to 5pm.
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