i went to an on-campus recital just now. as much as i hate to say this, but i think its pathetic. not that the performer is bad but the audience is bad. i have gone to concerts and performances in Singapore. sometimes, the antics of Singapore audiences embarasses me. they include:
i am not anti-family outing. but i do believe that there is a suitable time and place to do some activities. some of the standard concert repertoire is a tad too drying for young children’s minds. imagine bringing a child to catch a performance with the dark themes and sounds of Shostakovich that depict fear, oppression and conflict of loyalties. and you expect the child to sit down quietly to ponder over how oppressed shostakovich is?? do the child need to write up a thesis after the concert outing???
some parents, would proceed to enlighten their little ones on what in the world is going on. during the performance. with their less-than-capable understanding. i am not being snobbish here, but if a parent wants to enlighten his/her child, one must make sure that the information you are passing on is accurate information.
once, i sat through a Singapore National Youth Orchestra performance. programme includes a Mozart piece for the first half and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf“. this is a piece that suits young children a lot and serves well in introducing some of the instruments and instrument’s nature/capabilities to children. however, momsy came to the concert late, entering the concert hall only after the first movement of Mozart. and when she settled down with toddler, she had to give a short explanation to youngster what’s going on right? so, everytime the violins play a part, momsy go,”oh, listen. here’s peter.” whenever the flutes trilled, she went,”and here’s the bird…” yes, during the MOZART performance.
after the end of the movement, i couldnt stand it anymore and leaned towards momsy,”sorry ma’am. we are currently still on the Mozart. the orchestra would be moving to the third movement soon, which is this one *points out to her on the programme sheet*. Peter and the Wolf comes after the intermission.” *lights going off* “oh… i see!! ok, dear… just now, what mummy said is wrong… we are now listening to Mozart… so no Wolf, no Peter. no hunters. they come later, ok??” kiddie blurz. i never got around to finding out why momsy never realised there is no timpani and bass drum in the performance. there’s no hunters in Peter and the Wolf!!
for interested parents, there are always the children’s concerts where children have their questions about music answered and not given dirty looks for making noise. this guarantes a more auspicious start to little ones’ music career.
there are times to be fashionably late. being late for a classical concert is not fashionable. being late for a classical concert and making a lot of noise trying to find your seats is irritating. and may i suggest that if you are late coz you are wearing heels which slows you down, perhaps ballerina flats would be a good substitution?? you can change your look from high-and-mighty beauty to cutsy-next-door-little-girl beauty! and alongside with it, you could stop irritating the whole concert hall with your click-clocky heels on the concert parquet floor.
yes, from a F10 seat, i could make out wat you are talking about in seats A1 and A2 if i want to. even if i couldnt really make out every single word, the mumblings, although not as distracting as a coca cola filled thermos flask popping and flying through the cinema theatre, are still distracting people from the music, especially if the music passage is marked “pp, dolce“
yes, you remembered the personal mobile phone. but what about the office mobilephone?? and the second line and mobilephone that you had signed on coz it gives you free incoming?? and that latest-off-the-shelves mobilephone that you just got to buy?? and why are you light-signalling with your PDA backlight?? if you are really that busy that you have to work with your PDA when you are in the midst of the performance, then may i suggest that you should get your job done before you go for any recreational activities??
this seemed like an angel besides the others.
its not what you wear, how you doll yourself up but how you behave matters too!