Have weekends of restaurant spinach and artichoke dip left you lukewarm? Has the price of movie popcorn left your wallet thin? The Schwob School of Music offers classical music concerts that are not only gripping and action-packed (in a refined way, of course), but most concerts, thanks to our generous donors and patrons, are free. Newbies, do not fear. Following are some concert attendance tidbits to get you ready for your night on the town:
What do I wear? No need to dust off your prom dress. Audience members run the clothing gamut. For guys, slacks with a button-down polo are standard wear. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, wear your favorite suit. For the ladies, dressing up in a pair of nice jeans will do. Or if you want to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn, feel free to pull out your little black dress. Whatever you decide, choose something comfortable. You’ll thank yourself later.
Kids? School-aged children are welcome. Performers and your fellow audience members just request that the child be on their “concert behavior,” which means asking for quiet during the performances.
Etiquette in one breath or less: No food or drinks; turn off your cellphone; no clapping between the movements; if you must come in late, the ushers will let you in between the pieces or movements; bring cough drops if you think you will need them (quiet with the wrappers); no flash photography; and stay away from strong perfumes. Phew! A unavoidable phenomenon: I asked a performer for his thoughts on concert coughing. This was his reply: “Performers understand, but would expect the person to quietly leave if it goes on for a minute or more.”
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How to sound savvy: Here are some commonly used terms to use for an intermission discussion. Instead of “song,” say “piece” or “work.” The divisions of the piece, which are indicated in your program, are “movements.” You may find Italian and French on the program, but do not fear; simply fall back on the terms first mentioned. The soloist on stage is the “performer” or “artist.”
Artists appreciate knowing that you enjoyed their performance. Following are some common gestures of appreciation. Clapping, in order of enthusiasm, are The Golf Clap, and The Boisterous Clap. Standing ovations include The Slow Stand, The Fast Stand, and The Jump-to-Your-Feet. The latter two are often sprinkled with The “Bravo” Shout (“brava” if the artist is a woman). If you’re not sure, do what everyone else is doing. Throwing roses on the stage is very rare and is reserved for living legends only.
What’s playing? Check out the event calendar on our website: music.Columbustate.edu. You’ll find a printable concert brochure with information at the bottom of the page, or click the Events Calendar link on the menu. Schedules are subject to change, so check the events calendar before you come. You can also call the school at 706-649-7225.