Intimidating classical music

Following in the footsteps of the California Symphony, as we prepare to open our season, we’ve made some changes to our website and the way we talk about our concerts to make classical music more accessible for any listener.It’s time to let go of any preconceptions you may have about classical music and the concert experience and let us help you enjoy the ride! To help decode the mystery behind classical music, we’ve thrown the typical technical language and music jargon out the window and replaced the standard paragraph descriptions on our website with bullet points that are much more casual and narrate the real stories behind each piece. Each page also includes short sound clips of each piece, or if you’re really adventurous, you can listen to our entire season playlist free of charge on Spotify. Regular symphony goers know they can typically expect the predictable formula of a short overture to open the concert, followed by a ~25-minute concerto with guest artist, intermission, then a 45- to 60-minute symphony on the second half to close the concert.Proms the Hall can feel an intimidating place for a classical music novice, but really there’s nowhere better in the world to experience your first concert!We have selected 6 concerts perfect for classical starters.The rest of you are on your own.” When to applaud at a symphony concert is the #1 scary question.So much so it keeps potential audience members from attending a concert and they miss out on a wonderful experience.When to clap, coupled with what to wear, keep audiences at bay in fear of feeling awkward and uncomfortable.

Here are a few classical music podcasts to start you on your classical music discovery.

Want to experience a breadth of classical music, but don’t know where to start? The chorus of the Academy of Ancient Music join in voice with the flourish of trumpets in tonight’s blazing opener, – the most famous of Handel’s four Coronation Anthems, which were performed at George II’s coronation on 11 October 1727, and have been performed at every royal coronation since.

Between these grandiloquent songs you’ll also hear pieces by Bach and Purcell, which will sound even more regal heard in the plush surroundings of the Hall.

The problem with this notion is it’s ultimately saying, “curb your enthusiasm, don’t get too excited,” if you like what you hear on stage.

Not all may agree, but we encourage the audience to clap when they are moved to do so, and hope your neighbor won’t give you “side eye” in disapproval.

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