Why are front rows in orchestras cheaper than most other areas?
I'm going to Zukerman's concert tonight. Anyone else seeing him tonight? I only bought a ticket this morning and I was surprised that front seats are just in the middle of the price range. I will be seating on 3rd row dead center so I'm quite excited about that!
On my previous and only other orchestra experience, I was seated 3rd or 4th row back most. Would definitely be a fun experience comparing both.
I'm guessing that front rows are not that great acoustically since there's not enough space for the sound to travel and merge into a cohesive music?
Do you like poor balance, looking up the conductor’s posterior or the players’ noses and pant legs? Are you into black dress shoes? Then front row is for you.
I used to take my kids to the symphony and sit in the front row- they were 4 and 2 at the time. They would watch the musicians for a while, then fall asleep to Mozart and Beethoven. It was lovely.
I wouldn't turn down that seat! But I think the reason is because you're sort of looking up at the orchestra's feet rather than seeing a full view of it. Also maybe the sound is less balanced? That's just a guess.
Btw, don’t let Zukerman’s nonchalant demeanor put you off. Watch and listen intently. There is a lot of masterful technique and musicality that is masked by his apparent ease. I think of him when I need to relax and open up my sound because I’m tightening up. I also think of him and Mutter pretty much every time I want to imagine myself playing better.
I've never been this close, so I'll find out later whether I like it or not though I definitely I want to see Zukerman's shoes up close! Just kidding. I want to focus on his playing and the sound of the violin.
Let's not say fall asleep, let's call it 'fall into a trance state where there is only music and the id.' and think of all the beautiful dreams you had.
I generally like to sit in the fourth row or so, but I prefer to experience the orchestra in performance more similarly to how I experience it as a player. And it allows me to see the soloist in great detail.
On intermission right now. Have to agree with Lydia, definitely not the best way to hear the orchestra as a whole. Would definitely not recommend a first time goer to sit in the front. I guess it depends on what is being played. The grand piano definitely blocked a lot of the sound from the back. Interesting to watch the violinists play though.
Wow. Your pretty devoted to be checking in during intermission.
Not much to do during intermission :P I usually go by myself so not talking to anyone either.
We had front row seats, right in the center, to a David Finkiel recital. Great for about 5 minutes. Then you realize you're looking straight up his strings into his nose. After intermission we were able to move a little because there are always families who leave then.
i have been purchasing season tickets for about 6 years for the chamber music series at orchestra hall in chicago. main floor seconf row center. As a violinist (matter of opinion I suppose) I love being able to see the bowing, bow placement, fingering, etc, In addition to hearing the direct sound, of the 2 to 4 instruments up there. To be at the end of the hall where you hear the sum of the direct sound and the infinite number of reflections off the walls, ceilings etc.....is generally not desired. Unless the hall happens to have really nice acoustics, those reflective sounds can add up, subtract various frequencies, and will be delayed from the direct sound, thus potnetially adding undesired reverberation, and muddying the overall sound. for orchestra music, The ideal place for me would be like 12th row center, so you are not overly close to one section....
soo expensive in the 12th row!!!
Consider for a moment the other side of the coin - you're in the first violins of a decent community orchestra playing to an audience of a few hundred, possibly in an outside chair or even leading. The first few rows of the audience are in close proximity and can see you and your playing in detail.
We like to sit front rows to watch how musicians play and communicate, especially there are violin solo in the program. For best sound, I find the back of many concert halls have the best sound. When I go to watch international violin or chamber music competitions, I would try different seats in a particular hall and have found noticeable different experiences in both sound I hear and the way I focus.
Depends on the hall. Your mileage may vary.
Better to go seat in a "bad seat", than not going at all. The best Halls can be expensive due to demand of these theoretical "best seats". Ironically enough, even though musicians generally have a keen ear, we have no problem sacrificing "sound quality" for an interesting insight into whatever players are doing up close-the lower pricing makes it even better. But again, even the cheapest, obstructed view Balcony seat is a better alternative than not attending at all, in my strong opinion.
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