LEAVING

The Dash to the Parking Lot (Concert Grand Prix)

Do the few minutes you might gain leaving early (while the artist is being applauded) really make up for the wonderful encore(s) you might miss or the people you disturb while walking over them? It is considered disrespectful to leave before the concert is over and the concert is not over until the artist has received his or her final curtain call.

Meeting the performers

After concerts many performers make themselves available to meet the audience, sign autographs, and chat. Some members of orchestras and chamber groups really like to hear from listeners. Even some of the most famous conductors, singers, and instrumentalists may take time to meet listeners.

Of course not every musician is willing to meet the public, and sometimes another engagement prevents a performer from staying around after the concert. Whether or not the musicians are famous, this might be your chance to tell a performer or composer how the music affected you.

Some musicians sign autographs or recordings in the lobby at intermission or after the concert; some can be found backstage. Ask an usher where to meet the musicians, or look for the stage door or artists’ entrance. You may have to wait for a while, but the fun of meeting the performers can be worth it.

However, if you are told that meeting the musician is not an option, please respect this.

An evening at the concert hall offers concertgoers an opportunity to experience the power and passion of live classical music. This is an enriching occasion that everyone should enjoy at least once in a while. Prepare your heart and mind for a great adventure and enjoy the time spent taking pleasure in the sound of great music!

Cartoons by Dan Perjovschi.