The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: How is the bad flu epidemic affecting classical music in Madison? | February 3, 2018

By Jacob Stockinger

It seems like every news report has an update on how the bad flu epidemic this winter continues to get worse, filling emergency rooms and hospital beds, and killing especially the young and the elderly.

So here is what The Ear wants to know: How is the bad flu epidemic affecting the classical music scene in Madison?

After all, the second half of the season is just getting underway. This month will see performances by the Madison Opera, the University Opera, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Willy Street Chamber Players, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, the Wisconsin Union Theater,  various performers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music, and many more.

He wants to hear both ideas and first-person stories or experiences from performers, presenters and audience members.

Has the fear of getting sick kept you, as an individual or group, from performing or affected your performance?

Has the flu affected the overall attendance of performances?

Has the flu, and fear of catching it, already kept you personally from being in a crowd and attending a performance or concert? How about in the future?

What could local music presenters do to help the situation?

Do you think providing surgical face masks would help?

How about providing cough drops?

Should people exhibiting symptoms be asked to leave, either by other patrons or by an usher or another official representative, as The Ear heard was done recently at a volunteer food pantry?

Should organizations make it easier to exchange dates or get a refund if you are ill?

Leave an answer or suggestion in the COMMENT section.

And let us all hope that the deadly flu epidemic starts to ebb very soon.

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4 Comments »

  1. It’s nasty, I was sick almost the entire month of January. It’s common courtesy to stay away from others during the contagious period (and maybe a while afterword just to be sure). As for refunding tickets: Why does this question always seem to arise regarding the performing arts, but never arise regarding sporting events? If you paid a hefty price for a ticket to a Packers game and got sick, would you even think to ask for a refund? Our performing artists are already dependent on grants and donations, while our professional athletes are millionaires. How do we go about changing that?

    Comment by slfiore — February 3, 2018 @ 9:35 am

  2. THE SAME AS IT IS EVERYWHERE, I S’POSE…

    Comment by Terry Baer — February 3, 2018 @ 6:00 am


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