Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Concert Etiquette

I love these 10 "rules" from the website fanfaire.com ! I wish everyone who went to classical concerts knew these back to front! I remember watching an old Seinfeld episode where  , Jerry's Pez dispenser causes Elaine to laugh loudly at a piano recital given by George's girlfriend , and she becomes distracted for the rest of the recital , and remains haunted by the rude concertgoer's laugh. Down the track of the episode ,  George's girlfriend hears Elaine laughing, realizes that it was Elaine who ruined her concert, and walks out on George. Ok , so if you do the wrong thing it doesnt mean that the musicians will lose concentration , or relationships could be at stake , but , if you're attending your first classical concert , whether it's a small intimate venue or a large concert hall , consider these:

1. Go easy with perfume; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne.

2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things.

3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins.

4. Make sure mobiles and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles.

5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.

6. Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view.

7. THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part.

8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse,backpack, or shopping bag.

9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous.

10. The old standby: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Any other tips?

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