For most of us, attending a concert for the first time is such a difficult thing to deal with because we have barely no experiences about this, and we don’t know anyone who can guide us through it, either. It is considered a common barrier for people who is interested in classical music but don’t know much about it. A classical music concert is very monument and gorgeous so people might feel very confused and don’t know many things about the rules while attending this event for the first time.
This guide will help you – first time comer to overcome some difficulties and clumsy acts when going to the concert. You don’t need to know much about the orchestra yet because they are just basic things for your own convenience. In fact, you can base on this post and find the best way to feel more comfortable in the theater if you are not a new – comer because there might be something you haven’t known yet to haven’t done right from the first time. So let’s see what should we need for a symphony orchestra concert right away!
Basic Knowledge About the Orchestra
Well, there are some basic things that you should know before going to a classical music concert such as the basic instruments, musicians and the arrangement of those performers on stage. This post won’t give you a detailed look about them, but you should know at least the very basic of them to talk to your friends if you are attending an event with them.
- The orchestra are formed by groups of instrument under the control of the conductor. The performers have to sit in groups with them same types of instrument family in certain places to create the best effect for the audiences.
- There are 4 main types of instrumental family. They are brass, string, percussion and woodwinds family. Each of them consists of instrument with different sizes and tones but similar to each other in the material and the way they produce sounds.
- There is a man standing in front of the audience and face to the stage. He is the conductor who uses the stick to control the whole orchestra.
- There are many famous composes and composers in the world of classical music. However, you should at least remember the one that you come for as an audience.
What Should You Wear for The Orchestra?
You should notice whether there is a dress code for the orchestra performance or not. If there is no dress code, you should then consider what to wear according to the importance of the event. In evening concerts, the best suit is for business and night out with your business partner. Otherwise in some family concerts, you can dress more casually if you want.
How About Arriving Time?
Normally, you should arrive before the concert starts at least 30 minutes. You should know that there would be a lot of works to do since you get there. The first thing is finding a car park, then you have to take time to find your seat and take a look at the program paper printed out for you. This helps you to have a brief look at the concert and know the content of the performances.
If you don’t have time for dinner, you can arrive earlier so as to have dinner at the Severance Restaurant. Some orchestras have the lobby bars so that the audience can entertain themselves a little bit before the concert.
If you bring your kids to the concert, make sure to arrive there in time so as to participate in some extra activities for families.
Many people struggle finding their seat at the first time coming to the orchestra. You might be the same if you are not a people who often go to the theater or cinema. You can ask for the assistant from the Ticket Taker so as to find the directions to your seat. Don’t be shy if you can’t find it right away. You can ask for helps anytime because there are always staff members of the theater in the seating areas.
When Should You Clap?
This is very important because it is considered the orchestra’s culture over centuries. Applauding in the concert should be in right time to keep the silence and concentration for the whole theater when the performers are playing the composes.
- The first applaud often happens at the beginning of the concert when the audiences send the greetings to the performers.
- Then there are claps to welcome to concertmasters and the conductor. Audiences should again clap when the soloists appear.
- You should not clap right after the piece ends. There would be a small pause after the music stops, then the applaud should begin.
- At the end of the concert, the conductor will lower his baton so as to signal the finish of the performance. Then you should stand up and applaud for the last time.
- You should take a look at the printed program so as to know the main parts of the concert and go on the right track then.
So they are basic things you should know about the orchestra and the concert at the first time coming to the theater. There would be more of them such as what to do in intermission and how long it would be; how long the concert will run or the basic things about classical music. However, they are things that you have to find out on your own so that you can truly understand this type of “music for professionals” and love it. In fact, you don’t need to know too much (or try too hard to know) about classical music before your first time coming to classical performances. Just let it happens naturely so that you can actually absorb the pure beauty of classical music.