[Note: seeing that most people were off for Labor Day, I’ve left yesterday’s post in place for today]
The Partial Observer published an article of mine today that examines the issue of concert length. Like many things in this business, math is not an absolute and a two hour concert is rarely 120 minutes in length. But why are the majority of orchestras in this business so hell bent on the two hour concert format?…
Are patrons really going to complain that they aren’t getting their money’s worth? Or maybe a sizeable percentage of concerts should run no more than 90 minutes cost less and orchestras should give more performances? In the larger metropolitan area a 60 minute concert starting at 10:00 p.m. could draw a sizeable night owl crowd? Maybe a similar length concert series starting at 6:00 would attract the downtown after work crowd?
Of course, some orchestras are experimenting with these formats already but the key word is experiment. Other forms of live entertainment usually have a wide variety of offerings when it comes to length but orchestral classical music seems so rigid. What experiences have you had in this area? Give my article at The Partial Observer a read and weigh in with what you think.