Wow, what an evening we had last night! Our chamber music series, the Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series (South Carolina's only endowment dedicated to presenting free chamber music), is always free of charge. We have regular series lovers who come to all the concerts, new folks who just love music of any kind, a few people who come to see what they can get for free, and a handful of students who have to come for their music class. Last night we expected our usual 350 or so people to brave the rain to hear the Claremont Trio. The theatre opens at 6:30, and the house at 8:00. By 7:30 we had run out of programs. We had approximately 750 people seated when the house closed, and then about 50 or so more stragglers who had to wait to be seated. And nobody left disappointed! I had expected to be home by 10pm - at the latest. I had no idea I would still be in the theatre at that time! People poured out to buy the trio's CD's, and to have them autographed. What a great night. The only down part was the fact that a lot of folks don't know what proper concert etiquette is. There were people text messaging all through the concert (although everyone is told to turn their cell phones OFF) and some even had their iPods and headphones on for the entire concert. Even as I write this I'm getting angry. I can overlook the cutoffs and flipflops and hats in a concert hall. Okay, so I can't. I'm lying. That p*sses me off, too. But at least be courteous to the performers. It's not a rock concert. Maybe that's the problem. Everyone must think a concert is a concert, is a concert. WRONG. Okay, off my soapbox.
Here are some shots after the performance. I purposely left the one with me out of the lineup. I looked incredibly like my dead grandmother. Then, not now.