Review: Florida Orchestra's onstage seats offer revealing perspective on classical music
In a bold move to raise funds and seduce younger fans, the Florida Orchestra is offering onstage seating during some of its concerts this season.
How close are you? Let's just say you do not want to sneeze.
Sean Daly gave the onstage seats a test-drive during a recent concert, and he writes:
Slight feelings of intrusion aside — an interloper in the house of Haydn! — I found the on-stage experience to be captivating, the rare visceral chance to witness the inner-workings of such a sublime ensemble (and totally snoop on one of the horn players who kept a crossword puzzle next to his sheet music).
I'm not a rabid classical music fan, but I was nevertheless drawn to the human side, watching extremely serious, intimidating musicians sweat and heave, smile and fret.