By 'concert' I mean of course classical music (no, don't derail the thread by questioning me on this sentence please).
Last night I went to my first concert of any sort, a piano and cello recital by two distinguished musicians, Peter Bruns and Annegret Kuttner:
Peter Bruns plays on a cello from Carlo Tononi, Venice 1730, which was once owned by the legendary Spanish cellist Pablo Casals.
which, of course, I saw in the recital.
Now, I don't know anything about concert etiquette, but I have listened to some live recordings of piano recitals, so I was a bit surprised at some of the things that happened at the concert. Can someone please inform me about it?
Firstly, a couple arrived after the concert had started, and I thought they closed the doors once it had begun. The concert started 10 min. late anyway to give people a bit more time to arrive. Not only is it rude to keep great musicians waiting, why are people allowed to interupt them while they are playing? Anyway, the musicians didn't notice at all.
Several people got up during the concert and went to the bathroom! I thought this wasn't allowed, or is at least very rude. Go before the concert begins, or wait until the interval!
About half the people didn't bother to dress up. I was in a suit, but many people looked like they couldn't be bothered, wearing jeans and a shirt, and such. If there is any occassion to dress up for surely it's a recital by distinguished musicians?
Lastly, people clapped after the first movement of the first piece! I know for certain this is wrong. Thankfully no one clapped between movements after that.
So, there may not be actual rules about such things, but I feel there were some un-written rules that were broken. Am I right or not?
At any rate, it was a great recital. The musicians gave four encore performances! So they must have been happy with the evening.
I would like to go to more concerts, but don't have the money (someone gave me a free ticket this time), and we don't often get top musicians here in South Africa. Even for these two famous musicians we were in a small hall that was only about 3/4 full, about 150 people is my guess. There simply aren't enough people to support classical music here. Anyway, I'm happy listening to cds and the radio. One musician I would still like to see, before one of us dies, is Peter Katin, if he still performs: