25 March 2019
Deseret News – Is it a concert faux pas to clap between movements at a symphony concert? Here’s what some of Utah’s classical music leaders said
SALT LAKE CITY — After taking his seat in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Mark Wait didn’t dare move a muscle.
The opera house in Germany felt more reverent than any church Wait had ever entered.
“For the five-hour opera, you don’t even dare shift in your seat for fear that it will squeak and people will give you the stink eye,” he said.
A longtime announcer for KBYU’s Classical 89, Wait basked in each aria, absorbing every note. It was just the formality he could’ve done without.
“I would like to see the concert hall be a less formal, more welcoming and inclusive experience,” he told the Deseret News. “Going to a concert shouldn’t be such an uptight experience.”