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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001021.txt from 1998/03

From: "Diane Karius, Ph.D." <>
Subj: Re: applause
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 06:25:15 -0500

Bill Edinger wrote (regarding standing ovations):
>... Are people so starved for entertainment
> that every performance is a world event? Good grief, what do they have
> left to show when a performance really is exceptional? Or can't anyone
> tell the difference anymore?
For some (maybe many) of the people attending, you may have hit the
nail on the head - not that they can't tell the difference, but that
they haven't really experienced the exceptional performance. I know
from my own personal experiences attending concerts that I became
much more selective about whether to participate in the frequent
standing ovations after hearing artists such as Itzhak Perlman -
whose performance drove everyone to their feet within seconds of the
last note.

diane k.

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