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Classical Classroom Short: Dis-concerted

Two amazing concerts. Two genres of music. Two very different experiences.


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Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane in an episode of “Frasier”. By source WP:NFCC#4. Licensed under Fair Use via Wikipedia.

What’s it like to be a classical music novice at a classical music performance? Host Dacia Clay goes to a rock show and a classical concert and compares the experiences. The parallels are telling. The disparities are despairing. What’s the deal??

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PS, To read more about the history of applause at classical concerts, check out this essay by Alex Ross: “Applause: A Rest Is Noise Special Report.