Summer is just around the corner, and that means outdoor concerts!
Do you enjoy outdoor concerts, with that fresh air, music-under-the-stars, back-to-nature feeling? Do you like them more than indoor concerts? Or would you prefer to go to an indoor concert, with no bugs, no need to bring the lawn chair, and no threat of rain? Or maybe you like them equally?
I have some incredibly happy memories of outdoor concerts -- but also a few stressful ones!
As an audience member, I loved going to see the Cleveland Orchestra during the summer at Blossom Music Center, when visiting my grandparents in Cleveland. I also have a fond memory of sitting out in the lawn for a performance by the Chicago Symphony of Mahler Symphony No. 1, at Ravinia, back when I was a student. But also I remember a soggy picnic in the rain, at a July 4 performance by the Cincinnati Symphony at Riverbend.
On the performing side of things, I also remember the constant threat of a flash thunderstorm during the three-nightly concerts that I played one summer at EPCOT in Orlando, Fla. Those storms would come up so fast, we literally had to bolt from the stage and flee to the little sheltered backstage, to protect our instruments from the rain! These days, I occasionally play for a Pasadena Pops concert at the LA County Arboretum - a gorgeous setting but for the occasional wailing of peacocks!
What are your experiences and feelings about outdoor concerts? You can answer either as an audience member, or as a performer. Do you enjoy outdoor concerts? Or do you find the inconveniences to be a deal-breaker? Please respond to the vote and then tell us in the comments about any fond memories, or disaster stories!
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