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#1
Sup Pit,

I'm off to see an orchestra tomorrow and it's my first time doing so. Are there any major etiquette rules I need to know which aren't just common sense.

I don't plan on shouting out, whistling or starting off any clapping so I think that should have me on the right track. But I'm wondering if there are any little rules that I don't know about.

Help me not make an ass of myself Pit.
#2
Wear shorts and a hawaii shirt.
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#8
Don't clap in between movements. Any large orchestral work is going to have a number of different movements, and it's polite to wait until the entire piece is finished.

Also, basic stuff like making sure the cell phone is either silenced or off, no flash pictures (it can be very disorienting to anyone on stage). There really isn't a whole lot of etiquette, just don't act like you were raised in barn and everything should be cool.
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#9
Don't fall asleep.

I was at a university orchestra concert and there was an epic giant pause in the song after a "fight" in the music. Some guy was snoring during the rests...

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#10
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Wear shorts and a hawaii shirt.


Actually I went to an orchestra dressed pretty much like that (t'was summer), made the whole thing pretty fun.
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Wear shorts and a hawaii shirt.


Actually regarding clothes.

I was planning on wearing smart trousers, shirt and plain tie. No blazer as I don't have any cool, slim casual ones.

Sound okay to you guys?
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wear a huge powdered wig so nobody behind you can see
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I guess yelling out for Freebird would be bad
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#15
Sounds about right. I'm not sure about over in UK, but it's miles ahead of what people wear to orchestra concerts over here; hawaiian shirts and shorts are seriously not uncommon. The least I would go on any day is jeans and t-shirt. I wouldn't go any MORE than business casual (shirt, tie, slacks) unless I was actually performing.
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#17
It's customary to wave a small handkerchief after particularly intense crescendo. I learned that when the last woman I went with gave me the most hateful look ever when I asked why she was doing it after the long note.

If it's a powerful moment, when it quiets, just wave a cloth for a few seconds in place of applause. It'll save your ass. Especially if you're going with someone you want to impress...

Or who knows about it
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Actually I went to an orchestra dressed pretty much like that (t'was summer), made the whole thing pretty fun.


Crazy french people, I thought you had class

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Actually regarding clothes.

I was planning on wearing smart trousers, shirt and plain tie. No blazer as I don't have any cool, slim casual ones.

Sound okay to you guys?


I really can't tell without seeing any pictures. Get a blazer anyways, you can get them pretty cheap at H&M, dressman or whatever.

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It's customary to wave a small handkerchief after particularly intense crescendo. I learned that when the last woman I went with gave me the most hateful look ever when I asked why she was doing it after the long note.

If it's a powerful moment, when it quiets, just wave a cloth for a few seconds in place of applause. It'll save your ass. Especially if you're going with someone you want to impress...

Or who knows about it

If I saw a guy waving a handkerchief at the orchestra during crescendos I'd assume he was gay and flirts at awkward times.
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#20
Remember to go to the toilets when you go for a crap.
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you have to yell out words of encouragement whenever the guy with the cymbals gets to play
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Remember to go to the toilets when you go for a crap.


This. It sounds weird but they make a really big deal out of it at orchestras.
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I really can't tell without seeing any pictures. Get a blazer anyways, you can get them pretty cheap at H&M, dressman or whatever.


Nah trust me I look fly. And yeah I do need a blazer but getting one for tomorrow is kind of awkward. Plus I'm trying to put together a summer wardrobe at the moment, a blazer not being a big part of that.
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yell slayer a few times
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make sure to flash your junk at the lead violinist
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Shut your mouth and be prepared to applaud them for 50 minutes when they are finished.
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If I saw a guy waving a handkerchief at the orchestra during crescendos I'd assume he was gay and flirts at awkward times.

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#31
Keep shouting "Play some Xenakis!" between pieces.
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#33
If you are the last one clapping at the end you get a prize.

It's customary for everyone to change seats during an intermission; closer to the stage if you are enjoying the show and farther if you're not. This is considered polite feedback.

Audience participation is crucial, pay attention when they go over the gang vocals part before the show because everyone is expected to yell.

Do your homework and don't bring anything into the performance hall that was invented after the time period the arrangement was written. This faux pas is equal to eating a hamburger or hot dog with silverware.

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#34
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Actually regarding clothes.

I was planning on wearing smart trousers, shirt and plain tie. No blazer as I don't have any cool, slim casual ones.

Sound okay to you guys?

Lose the tie.

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Lose the tie.

And greetings from Rickmansworth.


Greetings, though I've never frequented your humble town. And I may, depends on what shirt I wear.
#36
Wear something reasonable
Polo shirt at the minimum, preferably a real shirt
Just be polite and chill....
Don't be at all rowdy

And hit on girls there, they'll be in the mood for it....
Be all smooth and suave...like 'yeah I love me some Bach'
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And hit on girls there, they'll be in the mood for it....
Be all smooth and suave...like 'yeah I love me some Bach'

he's trying to pick up girls, not xiaoxi.

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Wear something reasonable
Polo shirt at the minimum, preferably a real shirt
Just be polite and chill....
Don't be at all rowdy

And hit on girls there, they'll be in the mood for it....
Be all smooth and suave...like 'yeah I love me some Bach'


I'm going with my girlfriend, but I'll keep that in mind.
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