WQXR - New York Public Radio
An extreme case of unregulated audience behaviour which open up that ol’ debate… how do people behave in classical concerts? Should we classical musicians be a bit more laid back and let them chat, tweet, drink beers, whoop and holler? I don’t know if that’s quite the right question to be asking of ourselves…
If we make our performances truly theatrically compelling, (yes, even abstract non-narrative instrumental performances), then it is possible to engineer the audience response we desire. That is to say, if an inexperienced audience sees you drop your energy between movements, check the tuning on your instrument, turn pages etc. they are (rightly) going to think you have stopped performing and may applaud. Don’t glare at them. Thank them. They are showing their appreciation for your performance. If you really don’t want them to clap, it is your responsibility to maintain the performance energy within the silence, to let them see that there is something still happening on stage.
I wonder what people think about all this?