Wednesday, January 20, 2010


It was my birthday on Monday, so we decided to celebrate it over the weekend, as I would be working on the day itself. So, on Sunday, we headed off to watch the Seoul Symphony perform at the Seoul Art Centre. We went to the Symphony a couple of times before, the first time round and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This time is was just Courtney and I. We went to an afternoon performance, so there were a lot of kids in the audience. After a not particularly pleasant journey on the cramped Seoul subway system we got to our seats and set about bitching about the loud mouthed teenagers in the audience, how they should all just shut up and sit down. Now many of you may think this to be fairly reasonable, however we were bitching and moaning before the orchestra had even taken to the stage! Still, its nice to vent.
The performance itself was great, right up to when people thought it would be okay to clap along to the William Tell Overture. Now there's a time and a place for audience participation. That wasn't one of them. You don't go to see Raphael's cartoons just to have random people colour them in. Plus they weren't particularly good at it. That might have been the worst part, them thinking that they could. Granted, its a well-known piece, but this is the symphony, not some K-Pop performance. It boils down to the fact that I didn't pay to listen to you clapping. I paid to listen to artists perform. You might be the best clapper there is. Well great, good for you, but that;s not what I was there for. They did go someway to redeeming themselves when, during the encore, the conductor called for there participation and they managed to follow basic instruction.

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