Top Ten Concert Myths

For first-time orchestra concert goers, there are some myths they may need to have debunked in order for them to thoroughly enjoy the performance.

Let's address the top ten myths one at a time:

TOP 10 CONCERT MYTHS DEBUNKED

MYTH #1: CONCERTS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
You can attend a Philharmonic concert for about the same cost as pizza and a movie, with tickets as low as $24 not including senior and student discounts.

MYTH #2: I WON'T GET THE SEATS I WANT
Season ticket holders have priority seating and choose their seats at the beginning of the season, but there isn't a bad seat in the house at the Performing Arts Center.

MYTH #3: ORCHESTRA MUSIC IS BORING
The Philharmonic performs more than seven concerts each season, and each one delivers an exciting program—we have performed heart-pounding classical music, beautiful choral music, Celtic, country, big band, jazz, film, Latin, dance and more.

MYTH #4: I WON'T KNOW WHEN TO CLAP
Clap whenever you feel moved. When in doubt, wait for others around you to clap, and chime in!

MYTH #5: I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO DRESS UP
While orchestra members wear black finery and tuxedoes, concert goers may come as you are. At any given performance, you'll see people dressed in their best as well as people dressed casually. The music is the focus at our events.

MYTH #6: I'LL NEED A DEGREE IN MUSIC TO APPRECIATE IT
Just as you don't need to be a trained chef to enjoy a fine meal, you don't even need to be familiar with the music on the program to have a meaningful experience. And Maestro Benjamin's program notes may help you discover some new things about the music.

MYTH #7: ORCHESTRA CONCERTS ARE ONLY FOR OLDER PEOPLE
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic caters to everyone who loves great music regardless of age, and you'll see a wide range of ages attending. We also perform family concerts each season, and we work closely with children in our expanding educational programs.

MYTH #8: I CAN HEAR GREAT MUSIC AT HOME
Yes, but there is no substitute for a live performance and for a shared experience with other music lovers.

MYTH #9: ALL THEY PLAY IS MUSIC WRITTEN BY OLD GUYS IN WIGS
While a large portion of an orchestra's repertoire is music written a long time ago by "old guys," music that has withstood the test of time, there is still great orchestral music being written. The Philharmonic performs workS by contemporary composers each season.

MYTH #10: I WON'T BE ABLE TO SOCIALIZE WITH FRIENDS
Come early or stay late and make an evening of it. The Performing Arts Center offers concession bars on two levels, and there is plenty of room in the lobby to meet your friends and neighbors for conversation.

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