Hearing live music is one of the most pleasurable experiences available to human beings.
The music sounds great, it feels great, and you get to watch the musicians as they create it.
No matter what kind of music you love, try listening to it live.
This guide focuses on classical music, a tradition that originated before recordings,
radio, and the Internet, back when all music was live music. In those days live human
beings performed for other live human beings, with everybody together in the same room.
When heard in this way, classical music can have a special excitement. Hearing classical
music in a concert can leave you feeling refreshed and energized. It can be fun. It can be
romantic. It can be spiritual.
It can also scare you to death.
Classical music concerts can seem like snobby affairs full of foreign terminology and
peculiar behavior. It can be hard to understand whatís going on. It can be hard to know
how to act.
Not to worry. Concerts are no weirder than any other pastime, and the rules of behavior
are much simpler and easier to understand than, say, the stock market, football, or system
If you havenít been to a live concert before, or if youíve been baffled by concerts, this
guide will explain the rigmarole so you can relax and enjoy the music.
How to Use this Guide
This is supposed to be about enjoyment, so
please read only the parts you want to read.
Use whatever is useful, and by all means
ignore anything you feel like ignoring!