V.com weekend vote: How recently have you attended a live musical performance?

October 14, 2016, 9:12 AM · Want to get your mind off the Internet and your eyeballs off the computer screen? Go to a concert!

With the explosion of music available at the push of a button through Spotify, Youtube, etc., one thing remains unique: live performance. Seeing musicians play live is just one wonderful part of it; the other part is simply being in a group of people sharing an experience together. In all likelihood, if you seek out a musical performance that interests you, you'll find there a group of people that share at least one of your interests.

One possibility, of course, is your local symphony orchestra. I'm lucky to live in Los Angeles, a big city with many orchestras; but you do not have to be in a huge metropolis to experience fantastic music. I've been impressed with my parents, who have a subscription to the Cincinnati Symphony and have managed to see both Hilary Hahn and Gil Shaham in the course of less than a month!

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What would you like to see live, if you could? And how can you make that happen? There are so many possibilities, classical and otherwise. On the classical side of things, you can look into recital series, student recitals, church performances, operas, competitions, etc.

And when it comes to your other musical tastes, seek out the live version of those as well: small concerts in bars, huge stadium shows, musical theater, the list goes on.

The point is to get out and show up for live music. When is the last time you saw a live musical performance? Please share your experiences and thoughts in the comments.

You'll notice, I didn't have an answer for those who have not seen a live performance in more than five years. If you have not seen a live musical performance in the last five years, go out tonight and see one and then come back and answer the poll!


October 14, 2016 at 05:10 PM · I attend a live classical concert at least 3 to 5 times a year.

October 14, 2016 at 05:13 PM · I want to hear Dvorak's new world symphony!!

October 14, 2016 at 05:42 PM · I am watching a live concert streaming online...

And the most recent one I attended physically was four days ago. It's a chamber music concert.

October 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM · I had the wonderful opportunity to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra just last weekend! They performed Selections from Cinderella by Prokofiev, a gorgeous piece by Franck and premiered Hallucinations trombone concerto by Carl Vine (based on Oliver Sacks'

Musicophelia). All of these pieces were new to my listening repertoire, but I enjoyed each of them in their own way. I left with a full heart and so inspired to practice!

October 15, 2016 at 10:40 AM · Support the local "almost" symphony orchestra, the excellent chamber music series, and the NY Phil partial series. And, thank heaven for the Sirius classical station when my eyes are rolling from politics.

October 15, 2016 at 11:51 AM · I enjoyed a performance by WindSync at the Brooks Center of Clemson University Thursday Oct. 13, 2016. It is a group of five wind players who perform without music in clever arrangements. Their rendation of "Bolero" has to be seen in order to be heard.

October 15, 2016 at 02:12 PM · Was at a concert one week ago - Rachmaninov 2nd symphony and Tchaikovsky violin concerto ...and going out again tonight !

October 15, 2016 at 03:55 PM · I was at a concert with Julian Rachlin and Royal Northern Sinfonia last night. Next week I'm going to see the Liverpool Philharmonic and next month I have tickets for 6 concerts or gigs. I average a live music performance a week over the year - some classical some folk/traditional. I'd do more if I had the time and money!

October 15, 2016 at 07:18 PM · I often attend live performances - so I should have said in the last week (average), however, I was on a trip and except for the live musicians at the before banquet gathering did not get to a live performance. Some weeks I attend more than one and sometimes I do one in a month depending on availability and schedules. To the person who attended the Chicago Symphony concerts - I was too late of one concert, one concert was during my reason for the trip, and the concerts this weekend I am back home in Colorado - I envy you. I grew up attending the Chicago Symphony and miss it a lot - public transportation is glorious in Chicago and made music going much easier than here - need a car all the time.

October 15, 2016 at 08:41 PM · Normal is about once a month.

October 17, 2016 at 07:45 AM · Did you intend to differentiate between a concert attended as participant and one attended as audience? Because I don't think you do (As it happens, the last concert in which I was a participant was more than two concerts ago. Also I misplaced my vote - I forgot that the last concert I attended was given at and by my old school in the latter part of the summer term, which makes it in the last 6 months).

October 17, 2016 at 03:26 PM · I did intend to ask people about attending as an audience member. It's entirely different than playing in a concert, and the intention that gets you to the concert is also different! I actually think that, as musicians, we can really fall off and stop going to concerts unless we're playing in them. And I don't think it's a good thing! I realize there are time constraints, but now and then it is good to be a audience member to your colleagues, or to go to a musical event outside your own circle.

October 18, 2016 at 05:15 PM · There's a bit of both for me. Last night, immediately after my viola lesson, I went to see the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra perform (including my teacher, who is a member). The first half, with Karen Gomyo playing the Berg concerto, was good, but the second half - Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 - was simply incredible. (And the violas really pulled their weight.)

Tomorrow night it's the other side of the coin: the community orchestra in which I play viola is playing a concert at a community centre on the poor side of town. It's something we do every year, and the locals love it. Last year they went nuts when we played "Hall of the Mountain King", so this year we're giving them the Bacchanale from Samson and Dalila. Fun for everyone.

October 18, 2016 at 11:05 PM · I went up to Reno, NV this weekend to see my friend Bella Hristova play the new concerto her husband, David Ludwig, wrote for her as a wedding gift. It was, in a word, wonderful, and I highly recommend that you hear it if you have the opportunity! She also played the Dvorak Romance op. 11 (drawn from an early string quartet) on the 2nd half.

I think there is a performance of the concerto this weekend with the Vermont Symphony; check Bella's website to find out about others.

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