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    Eating during a classical concert is highly inappropriate.

    As is this activity,

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    Is his favourite work 4'33'' ?

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    I'm not sure about brass and wind instruments, but as a cellist, I have no problem with eating during performances. If there is a microwave backstage, I will usually bring along last night's leftovers and tuck in between pieces or during long rests. There is no risk of clogging up the cello, and if I spill anything, I can just wipe down the instrument at the end of the concert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyrilWashbrook View Post
    I'm not sure about brass and wind instruments, but as a cellist, I have no problem with eating during performances. If there is a microwave backstage, I will usually bring along last night's leftovers and tuck in between pieces or during long rests. There is no risk of clogging up the cello, and if I spill anything, I can just wipe down the instrument at the end of the concert.

    The one advantage to that, if it's greasy food, and you spill some on your bowstring, no-one will hear your mistakes.

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    I have visions of penut butter and cracker crumbs flying out of the tuba bell like a woodchipper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonNZ View Post
    I have visions of penut butter and cracker crumbs flying out of the tuba bell like a woodchipper.
    I think Cornelius Cardew may have approved, especially if it could be heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonNZ View Post
    I have visions of penut butter and cracker crumbs flying out of the tuba bell like a woodchipper.
    I think I would pay to see that.

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    Playing a brass instrument is like swimming. Wait at least half an hour after eating to do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davila View Post
    Playing a brass instrument is like swimming. Wait at least half an hour after eating to do it
    I hope they do, poor colleagues in front of the brass players .

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    At a performance of The Nutcracker a few years ago I had a seat where I could see the whole orchestra pit. The celesta player not only pulled out a Snickers bar and ate it during the performance, but spent most of the rest of the performance doing a crossword puzzle. Granted, his only part was in the Sugar Plum Fairy, so he had nothing much to do the rest of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunasong View Post
    As a wind player, I had always been taught not to eat before I played so that my horn would not be gunked up.

    Now I sing in our orchestra chorus. Tonight to my amusement, I watched the tuba player unwrap two packs of cheese crackers with peanut butter (the bright orange ones), place them carefully in two stacks on his stand (six crackers each) and eat them during the concert. He did follow each one with a swallow from his water bottle.
    I find this quite amusing! Is your orchestra a professional orchestra? I cannot believe a music ate during a concerto. There are certain etiquette a music should follow. Can you believe if the concertmaster eat during the concert?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    I find this quite amusing! Is your orchestra a professional orchestra? I cannot believe a music ate during a concerto. There are certain etiquette a music should follow. Can you believe if the concertmaster eat during the concert?
    I am sure he / she would be fired without hesitation.

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    How about if the conductor eats during the concert? Would the orchestra stop playing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    How about if the conductor eats during the concert? Would the orchestra stop playing?
    No likely seeing a conductor eating during a concert, that's why they have intervals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgee View Post
    Been there done that! Mainly trying to surreptitiously check your smart phone without management noticing
    A very infuriating thing to watch someone else do - You can't stave off instantgram or whatever the hell you're doing for a few hours?
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