So the time has come to make your plans for the weekend – you want to go out instead of sitting around on the couch, but you’re not sure what to do. Sure, you could go to the same bar that you visit every Saturday night, spend too much money on food and drinks, and then go home. But if you’re looking for something different and exciting to spice up your weekend routine, you might want to consider watching your local symphony’s next concert. Classical music may not have the same ‘coolness’ factor that dancing at a nightclub or going to a rock show does, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a night to remember while attending the concert. Going to any concert is a powerful experience – live music has a way of capturing an audience and immersing concertgoers in an experience that a CD or MP3 never could.
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Even if you don’t currently have a real appreciation or understanding of classical music, there are a lot of great reasons to go to the symphony. These are our top 5 reasons to attend a concert and watch the symphony in person.
#1 You get to try something new. If you’ve ever been bored visiting the same spots every weekend, checking out the symphony is a great way to switch it up. You can even take your date and use it as an exciting new excuse to get dressed up together and have some fun. Taking part in new activities can re-energize you and allow you to look at things from a new perspective.
#2 You can learn something. A lot of people today don’t know all that much about classical music. Sure, you’ve heard of Beethoven and Bach, but can you name their works? Do you know about all the different instruments that make up the orchestra? Going to the symphony can be a learning experience. Many symphonies also offer lecture concerts where the conductor or musicians discuss the various pieces and the composers – providing a lot of fascinating context to the music you are hearing.
#3 It’s an affordable night out. You might think of the symphony as an expensive treat that only the wealthy attend. But that’s not at all the case. Tickets to symphony concerts are actually quite affordable. You’ll be able to find tickets for most shows that won’t break the bank by any means. This can make it a great choice to treat yourself (or your significant other) to a unique night out on the town.
#4 It’s an opportunity to meet new people. Going to a symphony concert can be a great place to meet other people who also love music. Symphonies almost always have an intermission where the audience can get drinks and socialize with other concertgoers. Being in a new place means that you get to meet a new crowd that has a shared interest.
#5 You get to watch some of the world’s best musicians practice their craft. While their names might not be as recognized as a pop star’s, symphony musicians are the best in the world. Nearly all of them have spent their entire lives honing their skills and dedicated themselves to mastering their instrument. When you go to the symphony, you get to see the masters at work playing the music they love with more skill and passion than you can imagine.
Attending a concert that features classical music might not be your go-to option for a night out on the weekends, but there are a lot of great reasons to watch the symphony. Experiencing live music in an intimate setting, played by world-class musicians is sure to make for a memorable evening. And who knows, you just might find yourself visiting again and again.