I just started going to concerts again, and I was just wondering where the best place to sit is (that's not a balcony seat). Today I got an center aisle seat, N5, Benaroya's "prime orchestra" seats, and it was really nice. I got to see the entire orchestra, until a huge tree sat in front of me and impeded my vision for the rest of the performance. At least he seemed like a nice guy to his wife.
Anyways, I was just wondering what really are the "best seats" and seating arrangement for the orchestra. I don't know if this is a modern orchestra thing, but the Seattle Symphony Orchestra has a seating kind of like:
| W I N D S |
|1st Violins| |Conductor| |2nd Violins|
Now I don't know if that makes a lot of sense, but we tried that in middle school and I hated it! we usually had the 2nd violins sitting where the cellos are to have their f-holes pointing toward the crowed. It only really throws me off because when they were playing Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, the violins didn't really seem synchronized; the 2nds seemed to lag behind. It could have been acoustics or I just didn't listen properly.
This is only a discussion of what you think. I haven't gone to too many concerts so I'm not well educated in professional orchestras.
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