Very often there will be several pieces on the concert; but sometimes there is one single work played straight through. It's a good idea to take a look at the program before the concert to get an idea of what to expect. Also, you can always call us at 812.425.5050 for an estimated length.
Most concertgoers make a point of coming early to read the program notes, or just watch the orchestra warm up. The pre-concert talk with the Music Director during the Classics start at 6:15 PM before the 7 PM performance, is free to concert attendees, and lasts about 25 minutes, so you have time between the talk and concert to get a drink, use the restroom, mingle, etc. During the talk, Maestro covers topics such as why he programmed the particular pieces on that concert, things you should listen for during the performance, and information about the composer. Often, the soloist performing that date will join the talk for all or part, so you get to hear first-hand from the amazing artist you're going to see later in the evening.
And there's another good reason to come early: Our concerts start on time. If you're late, you may end up listening from the lobby! If that happens, the usher will allow you inside during a suitable pause in the program, so your arrival won't disturb other concertgoers. Unfortunately, some concerts have no late seating.
To confirm a particular concert's late seating policy, please call us at 812.425.5050. If you have to leave a concert before its end, please do so between program works.
Feel free to take pictures in the lobbies before/after the concert or during intermission. Often guest artists will be available to sign CDs and take pictures during intermission or after the concert. After intermission, please remember to re-check your camera with the house manager and turn off all cell phones before returning to your seat to help ensure a pleasurable experience for all.
NOTE: The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra does have official photographers whom you may see at events. They try to be as discreet as possible and are identified by official name badges.
Buses and vans may temporarily unload and load passengers at the 6th & Sycamore Street entrance of the Victory Theatre. Buses and vans must park elsewhere.
To further build your children's interest in classical music, play classical radio or CDs around the house. When they are old enough to sit quietly for an extended period, you may wish to bring them to the first half of a standard concert. An interested preteen or teenager could also have a marvelous time at an orchestra concert, particularly if it features several different pieces.
In all cases, it's a good idea to check with the orchestra directly about the appropriateness of the concert you plan to attend with your kids. Also ask about discounts for students and children.
It is also important to note, the Philharmonic has a strict "No babes in arms" policy. Every child and adult must have a ticket.
Knowing when to clap is simpler than you may think, and quite logical on the whole.
At the beginning of the concert, the concertmaster will come onstage. The audience claps as a welcome, and as a sign of appreciation to all the musicians. After the orchestra tunes, the conductor, and possibly a soloist, will
come onstage. Everyone claps to welcome them, too.
This is also a good moment to make sure your program is open, so you can see the names of the pieces that will be played and their order. Then everything settles down and the music begins. Just listen and enjoy!
The audience doesn't usually applaud again until the end of the piece. In most classical concerts-unlike jazz or pop-the audience never applauds during the music. They wait until the end of each piece, then let loose with their applause.
This is why knowing when to applaud for a classical concert is a little bit tricky. Many pieces have several parts, or "movements," and seem to have more than a single ending.
To find out the number of movements and corresponding number of pauses in a piece, turn to the program page in your program book. You will find that each work is subdivided by movment, and is usually indicated by tempo markings in Italian.
If you lose track, and aren't sure whether the piece is truly over, then watch the conductor for a clue. Usually, he won't relax between movements, but keep hands raised; the attention of the musicians will remain on the conductor. If in any doubt, it's always safe to wait and follow what the rest of the audience does!
At the end of the piece, it's time to let yourself go and let the musicians know how you felt about their playing. Many pieces end "big"-and you won't have any doubt of what to do when! Some end very quietly, and then you'll see the conductor keep hands raised for a few seconds at the end, to "hold the mood." Then the hands will drop, someone will clap or yell "Bravo!"-and that's your cue.
There's no need to restrain yourself. If you enjoyed what you heard, you can yell "Bravo!" too.
1.Be sure to visit the water fountain in the lobby before the concert, and at intermission.
2.If you have a cold, take some cough medicine in advance and bring wax paper-wrapped-or unwrapped-lozenges with you. Have a few out and ready when the music begins. (Often you may find cough drops provided for free at the Philharmonic's table in the Sixth Street lobby.)
3.Allow yourself to become involved in listening to the music and in watching the performers.
The more you are absorbed in what's going on, the less likely you are to cough.
Still, if you absolutely can't restrain yourself, try to wait for the end of a movement. Or "bury" your cough in a loud passage of music.
If this is impossible, and you feel a coughing fit coming on, it's perfectly acceptable to quietly exit the concert hall. Don't be embarrassed-your fellow listeners will probably appreciate your concern for their listening experience.
Some people enjoy dressing up and making a special night of it, and you can, too. Still, evening gowns and tuxedos are pretty rare
unless you've bought tickets for a fancy gala-and if you have, you'll know!
It is also recommended that patrons refrain from using perfumes and colognes so as not to distract the patrons around you.
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Listening to music is also an intense activity (even if considerably less physical), and a break in the middle helps the audience concentrate better in the second half. Some concerts, though, have no intermission because it would interrupt the flow of a long work. Check the program before the concert so you know what's coming.
Most intermissions are fifteen to twenty minutes long, which gives you time to socialize with your companions, get a drink or a snack in the lobby, visit the facilities, or simply sit in your seat and read the program notes. Do whatever puts you in a good frame of mind to hear the second half of the concert.
You know yourself best, so if research interests you, go ahead and follow your curiosity. But if studying isn't your thing, there's no need to be concerned about it. Just listen with an open mind.
Open yourself up to the music. Let it trigger your emotions-maybe even your memories. Feel the rhythms; follow the tunes. Watch the musicians and the conductor, and see how they interact with each other. Notice how the music ebbs and flows-surging and powerful at some times, delicate and ephemeral at others, and everything in between.
Whether or not you've heard the music before the concert, as you listen, you'll notice that each classical piece uses its own group of several tunes over and over, in different ways. You'll start to "recognize" these melodies as a work progresses. Listen for the ways a melody is repeated: Is it exactly the same as the first time, or with a different character? Is it played by the same instruments, or different ones? Does it start the same as before, but go off in a different direction? Or start differently and surprise you by developing into the tune you recognize from earlier in the piece?
But you might not need to "know" more to have a great time at your next concert. Most people who attend concerts frequently find that it's like any other passionate pursuit: The more you do it, the more you enjoy it. Most of the classical works you hear repay frequent listening: The more often you hear a piece, the more wonderful layers you hear in it. If you enjoyed your first concert, plan to come again!
Here are some links to web sites where you can look up composers and their works, buy recordings, and learn more about classical music:
The Learning Zone of the Naxos Records web site has an introduction to classical music, biographies of composers, a glossary of musical terms, and an excellent guide to live-concert listening. You can also stream loads of classical pieces, so this is a great place to visit if you want to listen to a work a couple of times before you hear it in concert.
FOR THE KIDS…
For kids who are learning to play instruments, FromTheTop.com offers a great resource, and access to public radio’s From The Top programs.
FOR CONTEMPORARY FANS…
If you like the very newest “classical” music, don’t miss NewMusicBox.org , a monthly web ‘zine about living composers and their works.