Thursday, June 3, 2010

Spring Concert Tip

This is the time of year for Spring Concerts in our neck of the woods. You may be attending one soon for the first time.

Here's a tip. Before the orchestra's performance, when all the student performers have seated themselves and have settled down, stay alert for the first violinist to stride on stage. As soon as you see her1, start clapping. Don't wait for her to get to center stage and bow before acknowledging her. Do the same for the conductor. They will appreciate it.

While on the topic of applause, remember to withhold your applause until after the music has stopped and after the conductor has lowered his hands.

By following this advice, you will show that you're a sophisticated audience, and the performers will regard your applause with even greater appreciation.

1 The first violinist is usually a girl at the elementary school level. Girls are taller and more mature than boys at that age, and they're more likely to dress nicer for the role. Of course, this is just my opinion and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that my daughter is a girl.


notesfromthevoices said...

Thanks for the tips.

Hey Harriet said...

Some good advice there and I will try to remember these tips. I'm sure they'll come in handy at some stage :)