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  1. I've tried to get opinions on this subject before, but never seem to quite word the question correctly. Now, given recent threads about Andre Rieu and surpassing the quality of Strads, etc., I am thinking about it all again. Classical music/performances are often described with words such as: formal, stuffy, grey-haired, stiff, ungiving, pretentious, boring, hoity-toity, etc. I was just watching a video of a 1996 classical performance posted by another MNer, and sure enough...it did look stiff and uncomfortable and there were a lot of grey-haired people in the video... To those that defend the Classical genre and like to comment about the ignorance of the audience, you have to admit, requiring the audience to have a degree in music history is a bit much to expect. They have to be entertained on some level that doesn't require THAT much background knowledge. I don't think that formality is that big of an issue. We are less formal in our formality than we used to be and I see (thankfully) a trend towards young people actually wanting to spruce up a bit in order to go out to an event. So how do make the genre more appealing to a younger audience? I'd like to retain some of the formality because I think it's fun, and it certainly doesn't have to be 'stiff'. Spandex and polyester are much more comfy than linen and pure wool. We could have totally informal classical performances too. Where is it written that the orchestra can't perform in blue jeans and the audience can't come in yoga pants and crop tops? Do we need/want both? Informal and formal? What would distinguish the two? At the last (and only) opera I attended, they had an electronic board with English subtitles. While I don't find the electronic board particularly appealing, I did appreciate the subtitles. Is that the answer? What about longer/different intermissions? I like rules. So I don't think having no rules, or anything goes, is the answer. But what should the guidelines to expectations, behaviour and dress code be?