Catmando wrote: barfle wrote: Catmando wrote:
Just know Mary that I am one of the first people who stands up and applauds.
Hopefully NOT between movements!! The horror. The horror.
For some reason this season, the crowd has been applauding between the 1st and 2nd movement of a symphony.
But at least it's very brief.
Usually the Symphony Director will indicate prior to the start of the performance to hold the applause until the very end. But he hasn't been doing that this year. Not that it matters, we should know. Tsk! Tsk!
That's always an akward moment... a few people start to applaud (when you know better) and then you start to wonder...hummm...are we supposed to be applauding here or not? Usually, I stick by my own convictions and do not clap, but there are a lot of sympathetic applauders out there who chime in. Then, the orchestra (and conductor) usually have to decide whether to acknowledge it, or not.
I was at a performance by Paul Galbraith (classical guitarist sometimes heard here) and he specifically asked people to hold applause between movements (Bach). Did they? Same deal...fractured applause followed by sympathetic, half hearted clapping. I am sure he has dealt with it before, but I could not help feeling that it broke his concentration. I also think that it tells the performer that he is perhaps dealing with an unknowledgeable audience.
The worst I ever encountered was during a radio performance of one of the Brittish orchestras (not sure which one). At the beginning or the performance, the conductor wanted to do something in the memory of the London subway bombing victims....it was a very fresh event at the time. He selected just one of Elgar's Enigma variations...Nimrod...very somber, classic Brittish and a wonderful, fitting tribute, filled with sadness but hope and resolve for the future. The conductor SPECIFICALLY asked for silence after the conclusion of the piece to reflect on the victims and tragedy. What happened....loud applause! It was only a recorded performance, but I was embarrassed for every person in the concert hall.