Ok - this has been stuck in my craw for more than a week now, and I just wanted to see what the members here thought.
I was at work recently (I practice for about an hour before my shift starts), and one of the security folks heard me one morning and struck up a conversation. He stated that while he "liked to listen to music played on a violin or stringed instrument" he couldn't stand to simply "watch the performers just sit there and play". It was too boring for him, he said.
When I asked what types of performances he liked, he said,"The types where the performer was dancing and singing along and doing other stuff than just sitting around with the instrument......"
I really didn't know how to respond because aside from venues like AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, or maybe some local shows and festivals, I couldn't think of any arena where this could be done - especially with the classics. I was brought up watching orchestras and appreciating good classical performances. Have we become so hyper-active as an audience that the traditional performances are no longer interesting? What do you think?
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