The stuffiness of the setting put me off, a stuffiness you could feel even over the TV and radio, when concerts were broadcast. I really do believe something has to be done about this. The snobs and the squares are keeping the rest of us away.

Read here.

Okay. Whatever. I’m a snob. I’m a square. And I’m old, too. 🙂

Should we change our demeanor for those non-snobs and non-squares? How do I become a non-snob and non-square? Or is it too late?

I am uncomfortable at the non-classical concerts. So there you go. I am uncomfortable at jazz events because you are supposed to clap when someone solos and I find it disruptive but if I don’t do it I look uptight (which I probably am; I’m an oboe player, after all). I’ve played rock shows, and I’m uncomfortable with all the “show stuff” that goes on.

Or maybe I’m just totally defensive. I dunno.

But the writer of the above quote isn’t dissing classical music. The writer is actually getting into it. So how to deal with that? Change how we do everything? I wonder. (And since I’m uncomfortable with the clapping during jazz, would they change that for me? Oh. Wait. I’m 50. They won’t change for me. 😉

I’m just kind of being silly here, I know. But really … what do we dump? (Someone please dump the tails! That I’ll go for!) What do we keep? Should we add colored lights to the performance, as San Francisco Symphony did at last week’s concert? (I was very distracted by it, actually! Why “blue” for R&J, red for Don Juan, and a yellowish orange for Rachmaninoff. What did the colors mean? I kept trying to figure it out!)

Ramble, ramble … time to get back to HP since Jameson is releasing into my care for a while!


  1. the lights were very confusing too…and distracting. since when should classical music *not* be about classical music?

    it is rather annoying.

    i think the music should be allowed to speak for itself, and not need extra “stuff” to distract people from it. if that makes me square, then so be it!! i’d rather be called a “purist”…

  2. Yes, those lights … very odd. And yet I’ve heard other people say “There’s nothing to look at,” when they go to a concert, so I wonder if SFS is giving them something to look at!?

    Me? I go to listen, although I of course watch the orchestra members and conductor as well. I often find myself shutting my eyes just to concentrate on the music. I don’t need any gimmicks.

    But some want the gimmicks. Some suggest they are necessary.

    So what do we do? Do we ignore those that want them? Do we cater to them? I really don’t know the answer, and I think on this frequently.

    I’m a church-goer, and the same stuff goes on there; some folks want a show. Some want the simplicity. Some want loud. Some want contemplative. Some want organ. Some have to have drums. It’s solved in the Christian world by having a multitude of churches. Along with some “worship wars” as well.

    Do we need to do the same? Do we need to have different orchestras for different tastes? Or, as SFS is doing, this series to satisfy certain concert goers? Oh … but what they are doing, really, has been going on for years. They used to be called Pops Concerts, but younger people probably associate that with older people so of course the name had to be changed. To protect the “innocent” … and not so innocent too. 😉

    I’ve been told we have to change. We have to become “relevant”. Both in the church and in the concert hall.

    The solution is a mystery to me!

    (But I WILL say that in both “venues” the Big Buck Givers™ are the older folks who want less change. Interesting how that works ….)

    Thanks for jumping in here, Jen! 🙂

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