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Disturbed by the audience
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March 10, 2011 - 11:54 am
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ConfusedOK, I recently went to my first classical concert in Miami. I was a part of the audience. Living in Europe, I'm used to things being a certain way.
To my surprise they let people come in late, the audience was strolling in for the whole first part of the concert, until the break. Not only were they walking around, they were asking people in the audience if seats were taken.
People clapped between movements, at which time they also started to talk forcing the conductor to take breaks. Right in front of me a little boy, sitting in his Dad's lap, was watching Batman, the movie, on a small display in his hands.
When the guy sitting next to me found out that a soprano was going to sing, he stormed out bringing his son with him. They wore little hats and I assume there was a religious reason behind this.
People were coming and going throughout the night, and even small talking sometimes, and needless to say I had a hard time concentrating on the music.
Is this normal behaviour for concertgoers in Miami? Am I maybe stuck up?

March 10, 2011 - 12:13 pm
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Don't blame Miami. 

I am originally from the Northeast and attended many events up there.  I lived in the area of the Yale Music School so the usual concert goer was well educated and well behaved.

Outside of that there were several concerts by community groups and school groups.  Many friends and relatives attended these concerts and most had almost no idea of what was going on OR, what constituted proper behavior.  There is little education about formal music in America these days and therefore, little respect.

I do not know what your choice of venues might be but I can say that my fondest memories of classical music happened at the British Museum of Art lunch series on the Yale campus and I would have to look hard to match that environment or those patrons.

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March 11, 2011 - 10:15 pm
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paula said:

When the guy sitting next to me found out that a soprano was going to sing, he stormed out bringing his son with him. They wore little hats and I assume there was a religious reason behind this.
Maybe they were going to a birthday party...Wink
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March 13, 2011 - 11:42 pm
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Ya!!!!! Funny pointy hats Laugh

Sorry to hear about your experience Paula. Hope the performance was good in any case.

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May 23, 2011 - 6:39 pm
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My goodness! I've never seen anything like that, not even at high school concerts. The only time I've ever been disturbed by an audience was when I was performing a concert of opera choruses with my (non-professional) choir, and an audience member was wheeled in who suffered a severe breathing impairment causing him to loudly snort every time he took a breath. It echoed throughout the hall for the entire concert.


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