If You’re Listening And You Know It, Clap Your Hands!

Quite a few opinions have (re)surfaced recently about people smushing their palms together at classical music concerts, particularly between movements. Here are some of mine! • Once upon a time in a faraway land, talking, eating, and throwing stuff at performers during a show was standard behavior. (It still is, at most other types of shows.) Applause was dispensed when something was applause-worthy: at the end of a piece, end of a movement, or even at the end of an impressive run or high note. Then, one day, real-time appreciation gave way to grave silence and condescending sneers of disapproval from those who deemed themselves In The Know. (Thanks, über-serious German guys!) What happens n

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