I just read:

There’s no cover charge, but you will have to pay for your beer, tater tots and gourmet hot dogs. And you’ll probably want to be there early, if you want a seat.
But there’s an upside: Unlike most classical concerts, you’re allowed to dine and talk during the show.


Maybe I’m going to sound old fashioned. Maybe I’m just uptight. But when I go to a concert I really really want to listen! If I’m playing something I really prefer that people listen. I just don’t understand wanting to go to a concert but not wanting to listen.

I landed at this YouTube video, but couldn’t continue to watch and listen due to the background noises. Is this our future?

Here’s a short bit of a classical revolution gig:

So many aren’t listening at all in this one.

Gee, come to think of it, I’ve done this sort of thing already! At wedding receptions. At shopping malls, too. So maybe this isn’t so new after all. I was doing shopping malls when I was in my twenties and played in a woodwind quintet. I remember being frustrated. I remember wishing people would listen!

This is not to say I want the rigid rules of the concert hall all the time. Not at all. I really don’t mind a more informal setting. I’d love to play in different venues. I don’t mind if people drink beer or enjoy a good bit to eat.

I just think what we are doing is worth a good listen.


  1. Much of this “revolutionary” call for “more casual” venues and styles is pretty predictable (alcohol and food – okay with that as well, having been to many excellent home concerts for decades [not a new idea, btw] where people bring wine and treats back to seats after intermission, but without disrupting performances .. but talking and walking around at will during performances or, worse, most paying NO attention at all? no, thanks).

    I can’t imagine someone who works her tail off for years to play complex and nuanced music thoughtfully and artistically wants to have the audience chat and party through her performance, as if she’s a radio on in the background or a live “video” on for atmosphere at what is essentially a party. Audiences who don’t listen with care and focus are a match for musicians who do the same. Party on! I’m sure you won’t miss me. I’ll be where people gather to communicate through beautifully-played music, playing and listening. There’s plenty of time before and after for talking and partying.

    I also don’t have TV going on as background noise (my family ALWAYS did and many still do, even when having a conversation .. ??) and I rarely play music as background. I know many people do that and wonder if that’s part of the dilution of the listening experience – along with the rareity of being “alone” in one’s mind as when really listening to music, without constant talking, texting, etc. It’s like a mass codependent state when people can’t exist for an hour or two without chatty connection with someone else, no matter how mundane or distant. That, I think, is the biggest threat to art forms which are more demanding of attention than the level of communication of the average text or party chat.

  2. You got THAT right, Janet!

  3. Well said, Janet! Thank you. 🙂

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