Joe has left a new comment on your post 'Standing on tradition':- When the New York Philharmonic played Messiah last week under the direction of Ton Koopman, there was a program note similar to the Boston Baroque one noted above, discussing the origins of the standing tradition and inviting audience members to do as they wished. On the night I attended, nearly everyone stood - some shot up right away, while others followed a half-minute or so later, some with bemused or sheepish looks on their faces that suggested that they weren't really sure what was going on and felt they should follow the crowd.Thanks for that Joe. I assume that Ton Koopman used Handel's original scoring and the trombone shall not sound. Another Ton Koopman Christmas path here.
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