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Students are required to attend 10 cultural events in the Arts&Ideas program at the university or choose from a limited number of cultural events offered off-campus. Six events MUST BE completed within the first 10 weeks of class, the final 4 events by the beginning of week 15. Students should begin early in the semester to fulfill this requirement.
A few cautions to remember:
1. Claiming credit for an event not attended is academic dishonesty and will be subject to the appropriate penalty.
2. A student must be present at the beginning of an event to receive a white attendance slip, and must remain to the end to earn credit. You may only turn in your own white attendance slip.
3. Courteous attention and appropriate responses are expected. You cannot be engaged in other activities such as texting or cell phone usage.
4. Instructions of the program sponsors are to be followed.
5. No food or drink is allowed into rooms where the programs are held.
Concerts and recitals that feature concert music (sometimes referred to as classical music) differ in many ways from popular music performances.
For recitals that feature concert music, the role of the audience is auditory rather than participatory. That means that people have come to listen to and be moved by the music. To assure that you and the rest of the audience have a positive experience, we ask that you read and follow the basic guidelines outlined below.
1) Dressing for a concert depends on several factors including location, time of event, and program. When in doubt, business casual is generally safe.
2) Arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the concert. Many times, latecomers will not be seated, or only at the discretion of the usher. If the concert has started and you are waiting outside the hall, a safe rule is to enter when you hear applause.
3) Obtain a program of the concert when you arrive. In addition to providing a list of compositions to be played, a program generally provides further information, in the form of program notes and biographies, about the works being presented. This information will give you preliminary understanding of the music before it is presented.
4) Use the washroom before entering the concert hall. Some compositions may be lengthy.
5) Never take food or drinks into a concert hall.
6) Upon entering the concert hall, turn off all electronic devices.
7) Remain seated for the entire concert. If you must leave during the concert (eg., to use the washroom), only leave the concert hall between works. It is distracting to leave the hall while music is being played.
8) Performers, conductors, and composers appreciate affirmation in the form of applause at the end of a piece or a group of pieces. One can usually tell when a group of pieces is intended to be played without interruption. Multi-movement works such as sonatas, concerto, and symphonies are not to be interrupted by applause. The conductor or performer will provide subtle cues that indicate more music is yet to come. Never applaud while music is being played as in a jazz concert. If you are unsure, don’t clap until others clap. In other words, when in doubt don’t be the one to start the applause.
The recital hall functions as a secondary resonator. To experience the full spectrum of musical sound, those in the audience must refrain from talking, coughing, rattling papers, foot shuffling, or any motor activity that creates noise. Although you may not at first understand everything that is happening at a concert, certainly many people around you do! Furthermore, many of the people around you may have a personal connection to the performers or music. Remember to be courteous to fellow patrons.
Audience members at a recital or concert are not there to dance or to use the music as background for conversation. Even text-messaging, whispering, or eating (don’t take food into a concert hall in the first place!) can be distracting to those around you and even to the performers on stage. Remember, attending a concert is about having a musical experience – engaging the music in a personal, cognitive, and emotional way.