Last week, fancychickens asked a question about how to decide which concert to attend. I’ve been asking around for other opinions; here’s one great response I received from Tyler, in our box office (links and emphasis are mine):
Another good response may be to just pick a random concert. Part of the fun of learning about classical music is just discovering through experience. Beethoven was new once; someone had to take a risk, go to a concert, and make a decision. I think the most important thing is to feel empowered. As with wine and food only you know what you like. Your tastes and preferences will evolve as you learn more and attend more concerts. It’s a good opportunity to plug Classical Conversations, too.
It may be a good idea to start with names you recognize (Beethoven or Mozart) and go to those concerts. You’ll be sure to hear something with broad appeal and usually there’s something completely different on the program that will expose you to something you’ve never heard of.
Don’t be afraid to call the box office and ask a [Customer Service Representative]. Most of us have music degrees, teach music, and really love this stuff and would love to advise based on your experience or lack of.