Last night was the “classical music in jeans” “informal/interractive musical event,” the cello/piano recital of short Romantic pieces in which the audience was invited to clapp between movements, clap during movements, dance/move in front of the stage, and otherwise respond freely. I’d promised my students that if they brought non-music major students with them, I’d wear jeans and a Hawaiian shirt.
We had a big crowd, and the music students had indeed brought a good number of their liberal-arts major friends. And it was very interractive. And the audience was very enthusiastic.
There was indeed a lot of dancing, including some very uninhibited moving by young children. From time to time, the little kids became the focus of attention. As a performer, it was such a different experience–exciting, relaxing, and distracting all at once–that there will be a lot to write about.
For now though, I’m getting the post up quickly so that members of the audience can post comments and observations. So please do!
By the way, if you add a comment, please note if you are a classical musician (student or faculty) or not–especially if you were one of the liberal arts students invited by a music student. Thanks!