Went to a symphony and was surprised at the lack of turnout. There were more performers than listeners. sad. It was close to valentines so the music was romantic. I of course was drooling over the sound of some of the violins, especially the concert master (who had a solo). His violin was really nice.
The last piece was from Romeo and Juliet. My wife and I were ready to leave half way through. The music was pretty, was technically correct, but I felt no joy listening,,,there was no reason for my being there.
I'm wondering if this is happening all over.
Well, I can't attest for anywhere else, but here in Little Rock we are fortunate to have a very active symphony/orchestra scene. I go quite often and it's always sold out (1,200 seats) with guest conductors and guest soloists. It's a real treat.
In fact, interestingly, we have about a 50/50 mix between American musicians and European/Asian musicians.
Never mind maneuvers, just go straight at them.