Clapping between movements of classical music has long been frowned on, but is it time to loosen up?

By Mark Caro  May 29, 2012

At Symphony Center and other classical music halls around the world, there’s a widely accepted way for concertgoers to behave during the space between one movement’s end and the next one’s beginning.

They cough.


Did I say that? Oops. I meant to say they sit silently and reverently, though some of them do use the occasion to suffer a massive bronchial attack. OK, a lot of them do. At any rate, the point is this:

They don’t clap.

Except sometimes they do….

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