Russell (zimzat) wrote,
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The difference in attitude regarding symphony attire

Seattle Symphony:
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Whether it's Birkenstocks or a ball gown, please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Chicago Symphony:
What should I wear?

Attending a concert at Symphony Center is always a special occasion; therefore, most patrons enjoy dressing up a bit. Today's standards for business formal dress or business casual dress are both acceptable for concerts at Orchestra Hall. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are discouraged. After all, the musicians will be wearing their finest (tuxedos or suits on the men and gowns on the women). It is also recommended that patrons refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes so as not to distract the patrons sitting around you.

This is one major reason why I haven't been to see a performance at the Chicago symphony. I don't own the "proper" attire, have very little reason to so, and so it would be a large investment just to see a performance. If I know my attire will be frowned on then I'm disinclined to go where I know I'll be unwelcome (if not also barred entry).
Tags: chicago, seattle, symphony
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