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How many of you have ever been to a classical concert?

post #1 of 80
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How many posters here have been to a classical concert?

I ask because I have had the pleasure of attending several un-amped classical concerts in my younger years. It has been some time for me, but having found this site, it now occurs to me that an un-amped classical concert is the "best" way to hear "real" sound.

It provides a good reference for what "real" sounds like.

I don't think rock or hip-hop concerts fall into the same category, or large classical venues, because their have their own speakers/amps etc that obviously distorts and colors the music.
post #2 of 80
Even though it's about a 4hr drive away, I take my family to the Blossom to hear the Cleveland Orchestra at least once every summer for the last few years.

Here's my daughter last year, before we took our seats. I have a 17 year old son as well.



And here's the view from just before the show began ...

post #3 of 80
One of the quirks of living in New York City is Carnegie Hall . Many classical concerts there.
post #4 of 80
The beauty of an un-amped concert, particularly with a soloist and in chamber music - is the sheer intimacy of music.

I love small venues particularly for string quartets. The four instruments are sufficient to carry music in a small hall of about 500 beautifully and naturally.

Amp'd music is great for rock and metal music though
post #5 of 80
Yes, I've enjoyed quite a few classical performances both indoors and outdoors but I really like enjoying classical music performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall
post #6 of 80
When I was in high school, Toronto Symphony Orchestra offered student tickets for $20 at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Took advantage of this a few times and needless to say, the euphoria of instruments being amplified by just the room is something not all can enjoy at home!
post #7 of 80
I loved the classical concert I attended in Salzburg, Austria.
Truely amazing
post #8 of 80
OH YES. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is one of the world's great bands - it would be a tragedy for a music lover to live here and not have seen them. I have been many times.
post #9 of 80
I sit on the board for our local symphony so I doe get in a fair bit of classical though I do prefer the pops side of the symphony.
post #10 of 80
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Originally Posted by lordsegan View Post
...it now occurs to me that an un-amped classical concert is the "best" way to hear "real" sound.

It provides a good reference for what "real" sounds like.

I don't think rock or hip-hop concerts fall into the same category, or large classical venues, because their have their own speakers/amps etc that obviously distorts and colors the music.
Very insightful.

You'll notice that headphones break down along these lines, as well. Some headphones are terrific for pure acoustic music but don't do well with electronic music. The opposite is true, as well. It's rare to find anythig that does well in both camps.

As for concerts, I've been to at least a couple hundred. In undergrad, I knew a lot of performance majors from being in the marching band. I went to the small on-campus performances constantly to see my friends perform and enjoy the music. I'm also a big fan of the LA Phil and the Disney Concert Hall might be my favorite building ever.
post #11 of 80
Indeed - Universities can be a great place to hear good classical music for not a lot of money.
post #12 of 80
Even our humble city has an Orchestra. My wife and I go approx. 6 times a year.
post #13 of 80
There are also a lot of great concerts you can see for free. The San Francisco Symphony plays in Dolores park every summer for free. Nothing like beer, hot dogs and live Beethoven.. The acoustics in Davies symphony Hall downtown was pretty nice too, and Issac Stern would perform almost monthly.
post #14 of 80
This is an intersting tread, never been to a classical avenue, lots of un-amped and small 250-300 rock/folk show...My favorites...
Would love the feel the energy of the whole orchestra all at once, it is on my agenda...
Cheers
post #15 of 80
I've seen a few concerts, mainly the LA Philharmonics in the Disney Concert Hall... (not anymore, this was a few years ago).
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