Sunday, April 30, 2006


Philharmonic Philistines

New audience members (thankfully, there are new audience members) at the NY Philharmonic really do need to read the helpful guidance that the orchestra provides on its website, regarding "When do I applaud?":

The audience does not applaud between movements of a piece.

The many neophytes in the house last night for the astonishing tenor Ian Bostridge's mesmerizing account of Berlioz's "Les Nuits d'Ete" broke the spell after each song. They also expressed their enthusiasm after every movement of Mozart's "Haffner" Serenade, competently conducted by Sir Colin Davis.

Are we in Manhattan or Fort Lee, NJ? (Actually, right now I'm in Fort Lee.)

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