the bradley symphony center is certified sensory inclusive
symphony spring break: a sensory friendly concert
On Sunday, April 3 the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra hosted our first ever Sensory Friendly concert experience! Sensory friendly concerts are designed for people of any age on the autism spectrum or with a sensory sensitivity and their families. We enjoyed the ultimate spring break get-away through music by visiting Hollywood with "Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter, dancing along to the Conga del Fuego Nuevo in Mexico, experiencing Orlando (and Arendelle) with Selections from Frozen, and more! Access the Symphony Spring Break Social Narrative with digital playlist here. View our Sensory Inclusive Concert Gallery here.
Our 2022.23 Sensory Friendly Performance will be held on April 16 at 2:30 PM. More information coming soon!
Sensory Friendly Concert Modifications include:
- Dimmed house lights remain on during performance
- On stage hosts prepare and guide audience through concert
- Flexible seating and relaxed house rules
- Available sensory kits and noise-reduction headphones
- Designated quiet areas
- Flexible refund policy if patrons are unable to attend
for guests who have sensory processing needs
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Bradley Symphony Center has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. Our objective is to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests for all events including those with sensory needs. We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our Team Members with continuous training and by offering the resources and accommodations below to our guests.
Social Story & KultureCity All-Inclusive App
Visit our KultureCity Venue page here to access the Bradley Symphony Center social story to help you further with your visit or download the KultureCity All-Inclusive App.
Sensory Bags, Weighted Lap Pads, & Noise Canceling Headphones
Sensory bags containing special KultureCity VIP badges, fidget tools, noise canceling headphones and other resources are available for checkout (at no cost by leaving an ID) at our Coat Check Room located in the Gallery of the Pavilion. Noise canceling headphones can also be checked out individually. Weighted lap pads are also available upon request.
additional accessibility features
There are several accessible seating options located throughout the Bradley Symphony Center. Wheelchair seating is available on both levels of Allen-Bradley Hall. Bariatric chairs, with a width of 30” and capacity of 800 lbs., are available upon request. Many orchestra-level aisle seats are also equipped with swing-away end panels.
All public restrooms are accessible to patrons with mobility considerations. Additionally, there are three gender-neutral single-occupancy accessible restrooms, which are located on each floor of the Pavilion and on the orchestra level of Allen-Bradley Hall.
Hearing Loop & Infrared Listening System
Allen-Bradley Hall is equipped with a tele-coil or T-coil Loop system. No additional assistive listening devices are required for patrons with compatible hearing aids or cochlear implants. If you do not have a compatible device, please pick up a loop receiver from the House Manager.
Allen-Bradley Hall is also equipped with an infrared listening system. Headsets are available from the House Manager.
Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, but a driver's license or valid ID is required as security.
Braille & Large Print Programs
The Milwaukee Symphony offers Braille and Large Print program books for all performances. Please inquire with an usher when you arrive at the venue.
Quiet Room & Quiet Areas
The Bradley Symphony Center has a Quiet Room located in the pre-theater lobby on the first floor. The Quiet Room, equipped with a sink, comfortable seating, and warm lighting is available for any patron who needs a private space to escape for a few minutes. From nursing mothers to someone who needs a space to meditate, say a prayer or just be alone for a minute, this space is available at any time. Additional Quiet Areas are located in the Historic Exhibit on the lower level and in the Phone Booth Area on the second level. These spaces can help patrons who are feeling overwhelmed escape for as little or as long as they need. Quiet Areas are marked by KultureCity signage.
Service Animals are welcome to accompany patrons at any event in the Bradley Symphony Center.