Concerts can be entertaining, or solemn, or festive, or vivid, or
anything else in between. The performers, be it professionals or amateurs,
usually practice a great deal before the show, in order to present the very
best they can do to the audience. Artists expect the audience to be
attentive, to listen, to take part, to enjoy, to be touched, to be moved.
And, in most cases, to be quiet. Artists are sensible and sensitive.
Professionals have experience, and normally know how to deal with
situations. Amateurs donít. They have to fully concentrate on their
performance, be focused, and make sure they donít forget the lyrics. They
do this for fun, for charity, for awareness, or for the community. The least
they can expect is respect, maybe admiration, and attentiveness and
quietness during the performance.
Not here in Chiang Mai, unfortunately. People chat.
Mobile phones ring. People make phone calls. People receive phone calls. And
answer them. Annoying children are running around, play hide and seek,
scream and yell, which they may interpret as ďsing alongĒ. The
accompanying parents should know better. The children are not to be blamed,
the parents are. The children donít yet know that what they are doing is
considered rude and misbehaved, and is distracting the performers and
the audience. Parents should know, but they apparently donít. Ever heard
of manners? Adults would be kicked out. Children wonít. Parents
All this refers to the recent performance of the
Chiangmai Choral Society Christmas Concert at GongDee Gallery. A grand show,
excellently produced and directed, with devotion, motivation, and a great
sense of humor. Yes, if it comes to Christmas, Santa Claus and gifts,
children get very excited. I know, as I have three. But we had them under
control when they were still little. We taught them manners, like we were
taught manners. We taught them behavior and etiquette. And we were never
embarrassed by their behavior. Some of the parents there at GongDee that
night should be. But they are probably not. However, some children were very
well behaved. No sound, no running around. Thatís class, thatís upbringing.
Learn from them, parents!