Tonight's show wasn't as good as Wednesday. Scherzo was very disappointingly replaced without warning, no Witches of Eastwick again...I've heard Jaws' theme conducted by John Williams 4 times this week. Geisha was good. Jubilee, Dracula, Vader's theme...oh yeah. You should be so lucky to experience these in person. The performance of the night for me was Hedwig's Theme, which everyone freaked out over. We did record the show on tape, but it's probably obsolete compared to the radio broadcast.
The crowd at Symphony Hall is just obnoxious. I feel like you have a select group of people attending for the music and showing the proper etiquette. Everyone else is just there for something to do on a Saturday night. I mean, who starts blabbing in Symphony Hall while John Williams is conducting the Boston Pops in the Superman march?? People are ordering drinks nonstop in the orchestra seating, the doors never stay closed. It just seems to have become an embarrassment by my lifetime.
Agreed. The one concert I've been to in BSH, was of John Williams back in 2001. My concert, and special after-concert private meet and greet with WIlliams in his green room, are buried somewhere on this site. I can't search for it right now cause I am at school and my internet is waaaay slow. But it's here. Somewhere. But, my complaints are the same as what you experienced. The constant shuffling of the waiters (over an increasingly annoying squeaky floor board, the chatter, the constant ordering of drinks, and the lack of manners by many, many guests. And, yes, the autograph hounds were present, even back then. Granted, I was lucky enough to meet him privately, but it was not without getting death looks from many people and even a few boos and jeers as I was led into the back rooms through security.
Even after such an amazing, once in a lifetime event, I don't think I will ever go back to BSH because the show itself was great... but the atmosphere is definitely NOT Lincoln Center, or even Heinz Hall for that matter.
Edit: Egads, sorry JL. Forgot!