Etiquette for Concert of Classical Music
Attending a concert of classical music is a unique and very distinctive experience then concerts of popular (rock, pop etc.) or jazz music. Classical concerts benefit from a more formal atmosphere with rules of etiquette by which some audience members may be initially intimidated. These rules are easy to follow and very straightforward if you get used to them.
Eating, Drinking, Smoking
Any eating, drinking or smoking is strictly forbidden during classical concerts and usually in the venues they take place.
Protocol for Entering the Hall and Staying Seated
It is recommended that you arrive at least 5-10 minutes ahead of the scheduled concert, find your seat, take a program (so you can follow throughout the acts) and sit. It is polite to engage in a brief conversation with companions or audience members sitting nearby but as soon as the light dim, any discussion should cease. The concert should flow uninterrupted therefore turn off your electronic devices and watch alarms. Finally it is crucial to mention that regardless of any enthusiasm you may experience during a performance, standing up and dancing is not acceptable.
No Talking, Singing or Yelling
During each performances, it is absolutely strictly against the etiquette to talk, sing along, hum or yell (regardless of whether in a positive or negative light). If it is absolutely necessary you may share an infrequent discreet whisper with your companion and bring your attention back to the performance.
Clapping and Showing Appreciation
As the performances go forward, you will definitely enjoy several major compositions of music. These performances may include several movements as subcategories and clapping between movements is not desirable. Notably it is not always possible to differentiate between movements and in such case follow the lead of the experienced audience members around you. It is not unusual for the audience to grant a slight pause after the end of a composition before the applause begins. This is a way of saving the magic of the music before breaking the spell. Upon competition of a performance it is acceptable to stand clapping (standing ovation) when it has been particularly extraordinary.
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