Friday, May 15, 2015

Random Happy Time, 18 O'Clock - Manners, People!
This time it's Tiger highjacking Rabbit’s Random Happy Time to voice her concerns about the state of modern manners. While attending a performance of the Seattle Symphony, Tiger witnessed some atrocities that she's still ranting about and gives some tips for those who would like to attend the symphony but have never done so before.


Tiger: So I’m letting you know now that I’m taking this over.

Rabbit: ^shocked face^ What? This is my time.

Tiger: Sorry, but I have some things I want to get off my chest like dress code, etiquette, and general manners.

Rabbit: ^puts on helmet^ ヘ(・_|

Tiger: First off, it’s the symphony, not gym time so you should dress accordingly. I couldn’t believe how many people showed up in shorts and flip flops. Show some respect people! ヽ(#`Д´)ノ

Rabbit: Well, you do want to be comfortable while you sit and listen to the music.

Tiger: You don’t need to be that comfortable. Business casual is as low as you should go. (-、-) Heck, we’ve been to performances where it was formal attire and we had to wear a dress.

Rabbit: That was funny to see too, you in a dress.

Tiger: Oh shut it. Next thing to note is that the symphony isn’t like going to the movies. You shouldn’t bring candy with you! ヽ(o`皿′o)ノ It’s distracting to the other listeners around you and it’s just rude. (¬д¬。)

Rabbit: You never know, some people might need to eat.

Tiger: (」゜ロ゜)」 They should have eaten before then! Also, this shouldn’t need to be stated but you must not clip your fingernails at the symphony!

Rabbit: Eww…

Tiger: It’s true, we saw that lady doing it a few rows down from us. Why? Why would anyone in their right mind think it’s okay to clip their fingernails at the symphony?! o(-`д´- 。)

Rabbit: I have no idea.

Tiger: Some other quick pointers about the symphony. It’s a good idea to go early; everyone should be seated before the orchestra comes out. Also, make sure to pay attention to the intermission bell, it sounds to let you know that there is only five minutes left. A few people straggled in late after intermission and it was quite annoying.

Rabbit: I would also add that you shouldn't use your mobile devices during a performance. The light from people’s phones was distracting.

Tiger: One big thing that inexperienced classical music attendees might not know is that you do not clap after every movement; you only clap at the end of each full piece. For example, it was okay to clap after Szymanowski’s Overture was over since it was only one movement. With Chopin’s Piano Concerto, you would not clap after the Maestoso was finished but wait until the Larghetto and the Allegro vivace were completed as well.

Rabbit: Same with the Prokofiev, you would wait until all four movements were finished before applauding. ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ

Tiger: The reason is that while it is broken up into movements, these pieces are still seen as one entire musical entity so applauding after one had finished would be like applauding partway through a movie.

Rabbit: Who applauds at a movie? 「(゚ペ)

Tiger: It’s just an example.

Rabbit: You could have used a stage show.

Tiger: But people applaud at various times with stage shows.

Rabbit: How about a video game then, you only applaud at the end because your hands are busy playing the game the rest of the time.

Tiger: *shakes head*

Rabbit: Is your rant over now?

Tiger: I think I've covered everything. I wanted to admonish the person sitting behind me for clacking a lozenge in his mouth but I found out later that he was just clacking his dentures.

Rabbit: ^shutters^ (/。\)

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