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News 2016: (CA) Musical Toronto Article: "Nine Things That Should Change About Classical Music" (Michael Vincent, 01 Jun 2016)

Contributed by admin on Jun 04, 2016

"Two years ago a respected scientist and artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic was thrown out of a concert for attempting to crowd-surf. The show was part of an “accessible and informal” classical music concert. ...

... While this is an extreme example, the concert etiquette at classical music performances can be a stifling experience for newbies attending symphony concerts. Whether it’s the anxiety about when to clap or what to wear, the fact is, none of these things have anything to do with the enjoyment of music.

If classical music is ever going move beyond a reputation for stiff upper lips, it’s time to start to look carefully at the conventions that have formed around the concert ritual.

Here are my picks for 10 things that should change about classical music. ..."

Visit the Musical Toronto website to read the full article.