On Sunday October 26, 2008, I attended an orchestral concert at the Arkansas State University Fowler Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The concert was titled “The Delta Symphony Orchestra presents Music for a Lifetime Family Concert.” The Delta Symphony Orchestra played several songs as well as students from the Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. The music played was all classical and orchestral.
The Fowler Center venue was not very crowded. The majority of the seats were empty and the majority of the people entered the concert within five minutes of its start. The concert began at two in the afternoon and ended around four that afternoon, including a short ten minute intermission. The concert hall remained very calm and professional until the very last few minutes before the concert’s start, when the audience began talking more and moving to find seats. I liked the concert hall very much because it was very open, large, and seemed to be very calm and clean.
The earliest concert attendees were mostly professional people that were reserved, quiet, and dressed very nice and professionally. The majority of the concert attendees were reserved and dressed professionally. The concert attendees that came later in the afternoon seemed to be parents of the children from the Jonesboro Magnet School that were playing after the intermission. Most of these attendees were louder and less professional. There were some young children in the audience that made noise during the concert, along with adults who talked. When the students from the Magnet School were performing, several of the parents in the audience were taking pictures with flashes, using cell phones, talking, and moving around which was all very distracting to the rest of the audience.
The musicians from the Delta Symphony Orchestra were not very excited, but they did seem to generally enjoy the performance. They were friendly with one another and several had discussions with each other...