When No One Shows Up

There is always something risky about performing live. Whether it is dealing with the adrenaline (as your brain goes into fight or flight mode), heightened pressure or expectation (your worth is often assessed on how perfect or flawless your performance was), or even ensuring that your best is always being presented (being special and unique is how you get hired…or fired)…it’s a tough gig.

Blah blah…you thought I was going to write about how tough it is to be an artist.

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While those aspects are completely true about performing, I’d actually like to put the focus on YOU. As an audience member (and that goes for when we are enjoying a show as well), what drives us all to attend a show? Years of recording and a concrete ‘4th wall’ can make it seem like audience participation is a trivial aspect of the show...especially in classical music.

But we can assure you, it’s not.

We’re all in a hectic spot these days. And believe me, we feel it too. The entire industry does. But hopefully we can reach a level of communication with our community where we can say whole-heartedly, “You Matter”.

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Playing for an empty house is one of the most disappointing experiences that I can share as a performer. As a duo, we absolutely treasure the conversation with the audience. Much of our rehearsal (and largely our time together as a duo) have been spent working on making the conversation with the audience via the music (or even our banter and narratives) to be as authentic, enjoyable, and organic as possible. Not getting to share that with a group of people diminishes the worth and value of performing live. Period.

This conversation isn’t just about us.

Tell us about you. Leave comments below. We’d love to hear from you and hear about your experience as an audience member/performer….or chef/diner….or retail/consumer. All of these relationships matter, and the more authentic and empathetic we can make that dialogue, the better the eco-system is for all.