by: Aimée M. Petrin

So says, Emanuel Ax, a proponent of classical music audiences applauding whenever they have an emotional response to the music, regardless of whether that occurs at the end of a movement or the complete work. He’s written about this subject on his blog, invited dialogue by his peers, and been quoted extensively on the subject. Mr. Ax is part of a movement of artists and critics turning their back on this construct at the same time many orchestras and concert promoters provide a theater etiquette sheet denoting when it is and is not proper to applaud. So what is an audience to do?

Change in social norms often bring about a healthy debate of what is right and proper. It is the liveliness of that debate that reveals the real truth: in this case, a love for classical music.

You can read more about the subject here and add your own comments below.

At the end of the day, regardless of where you fall on this hotly contested issue, we are grateful for your support of live performance and your devotion to classical music.

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