Classical Music Audience Etiquette

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Tips for classical music concert-goers who are unfamiliar with the etiquette of a classical music concert.

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Classical Music Audience Etiquette

  1. 1. Classical Music Audience Etiquette
  2. 2. Quiet Please
  3. 3. Audience noises like crinkling wrappers whispers cell phones or someone suddenly leaving can be distracting for the audience as well as the performers.
  4. 4. Try to keep these kinds of sounds to a minimum and use breaks between pieces and the intermission to leave or cough. http://100a215.blogspot.com/2011/06/i mportance-of-body-language-in.html
  5. 5. Dress
  6. 6. Many classical music concert-goers tend to dress up a little to go to a concert. Even if you don’t come in your formal-wear, you might want to avoid wearing anything too grungy. http://www.gazprom.com/social/supportingcultural-projects/chinas-young-talent/
  7. 7. When to Clap
  8. 8. It can be difficult to know when to clap at a classical concert. That’s because some musical pieces are broken up into sections, called “movements.” http://www.martinhigginsmusi c.com/the-engraving-process/
  9. 9. It can be tempting to clap between movements, but audience members who follow good concert etiquette only clap after the last movement of a piece. http://www.papermag.com/2008/0 6/eight_items_or_less_clapping_g. php
  10. 10. If you’re not sure when to clap, just follow the lead of the audience members around you. http://en.minghui.org/html/ar ticles/2008/3/27/95811.html
  11. 11. It’s also customary to clap for performers when they come on stage, before a single note is played. This is to thank and acknowledge the performers for sharing their talents. http://www.superstock.com/stockphotos-images/1589R-07471
  12. 12. End of the Concert
  13. 13. At the end of a concert, if there is enough clapping, the performer or performers may return to the stage to bow again or even perform another piece, called an “encore.”
  14. 14. Stick around after the last piece has ended and you may have the opportunity to see even more wonderful music being performed! http://counterpoint22.wordpress.c om/2010/12/12/the-deadly-risksof-classical-music/
  15. 15. Show respect for a long-standing tradition of sharing beautiful music by becoming familiar with the rules of etiquette at classical concerts. Help everyone enjoy the music! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/festivalsandevents/7770820 /Classical-music-festivals-2010-summer-guide.html
  16. 16. Adapted from the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) website: http://www.camasb.org/yad/yad-etiquette.shtml

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