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The Autobiography of Russell
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The difference in attitude regarding symphony attire
Seattle Symphony:

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).

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zimzat From: zimzat Date: November 10th, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
the Seattle Symphony has a similar list of questions yet gives off a subtly different vibe. They do have several 'dress down' nights where even the musicians will wear casual clothes (like sports jerseys once when the Seahawks were a big thing).

Chicago is not a place I would voluntarily live if I had a choice about the matter. I'd be tempted to move back to Seattle if I could but I'd also like to see what other places are out there before assuming it's the best option for a permanent settlement.
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