Down, people, down: Too many standing ovationsBy Wade Kwon
Maybe my standards are too high.
Lately it seems audiences at shows I attend are quick with the standing ovation. Nothing wrong with a public display of affection, but the show tonight had a standing O after the first movement of a concerto. Heck, you’re not even supposed to applaud at that point.
Let’s save the standing ovation for the end, when we want to …
- recognize a truly excellent performance, from beginning to end
- show our love to the performers
- and maybe entice them for an encore.
Not everything is excellent, the best ever, the supreme maximum level of human achievement. Good merits applause. Great merits loud applause and a “bravo.” Only the truly exceptional merits my butt leaving the seat. The rest is irrational exuberance.
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- 10.29.09 | 8.52 pm
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