Letter: Just play the music
Editor of the Reformer,
With a sense of tense anticipation I surrender my purchased ticket and join the pleasant crowd of murmuring music lovers, all enjoying pre-concert thoughts. At last, seated, alertly intent, we see the stage door open ... who appears?
NOT musicians, but a house manager. Hopes for music shattered. What do we hear? First an introduction of his or her self, followed by an unnecessary welcome and several announcements of future events, all previously communicated on the internet, in local papers, on the radio, and in tonight's program. But we, a paying captive audience, are forced to listen to what can be read or NOT read, my choice.
Then, mirabile dictu, the door opens to admit musicians, but one of the players feels required to speak about the music — generally in unprepared and unconstructed English, spoken into a muffled speaker system. His words and those of other players usually reiterate material printed in the program titled PROGRAM NOTES. Do they assume audience illiteracy?
By this time my previous happy anticipation has been destroyed. I am deprived of a vital part of the concert-going experience for what appears to be an opportunity for limelight occupancy. Ability to speak with performers is granted at a reception after and occasionally prior to a concert if players feel the music being performed requires some explanation.
Concerts, before and after, are truly magical and total experiences. We need the magic.
Halifax, Jan. 19
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