Classical Concert Etiquette

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Attending a classical concert is a very different experience to attending other concerts. Classical concerts in particular are very special, in that, it is almost like re-creating history. The performers play music from the past and in a way serve as a 'bridge' between the composers and the listeners. It is important to know the concert etiquette before attending one of these concerts in order to make it a pleasant experience for yourself and others. Below is a guideline to ensure that your presence does not disrupt but enhance the enjoyment of the music.

Step 1. Dress

Before attending a classical concert, the most obvious decision to make is what to wear. At first, this may seem like a simple task, simply wear anything you want. This is where most people go wrong, especially younger people. It is important to keep in mind that you are attending a 'classical' concert, and not a pop concert, and therefore is expected that you dress in a more formal and respectful manner.

A suggested outfit for a female would be a nice dress or suit, and for a male, a pair of neat pants, shirt and tie, and perhaps a jacket. A less formal dress may also be acceptable provided that you avoid clothing with holes, rips or tears, skirts, or jeans. It is important to note that certain concerts require more formal clothing than other concerts, by this it is meant that if you were to attend a concert recital at Carnegie Hall it is expected that you wear extremely formal clothes in comparison to attending a school classical concert held in Choir Hall.

Step 2. Arriving at the Concert Hall or Auditorium

Now that the appropriate dress has been established, it is important to when to arrive at the concert hall...