Types of Concert Activity
A concert is a live music show in front of an assembled audience. The show can be by a solo musician, occasionally known as a solo performance, or by a larger musical group, like a band, choir, or orchestra. Most concerts are for an extended period of time, from a few minutes to an hour or more. There are also some smaller “acoustic” concerts that have only a single singer, usually someone who sings in an amateur capacity. There are also big musical ensembles, with professional Broadway dancers, guitarists, and other talents, who perform at large concert events.
The biggest variety of concert types involves dramatic theatrical staging with many participants. These can include chamber music, free jazz, traditional classical stringed instruments, modern pop, alternative music, and many more. Most of these concerts involve some combination of the above styles of music. Some involve full orchestra or band accompaniment, and others include several choirs or groups performing along different themes. Still others feature a solo artist or singer, and there are concerts that combine several of these elements into a single program.
Solo and chamber music concerts tend to be much smaller in size than orchestral or band concerts. They are often much more intimate gatherings with only a small number of performers. These can still include a full orchestra or band accompaniment, but often the music is conducted or sung by an instrumentalist or a choir. Solo and chamber music concerts often end with a recessional, with the lead musician or group playing a remade version of their previous song or encore.
The concert version of ‘Aida’ is an example of a relatively modernist type of concert. It features a number of solo singers, most of which have relatively obscure careers in comparison to the major classical singers of the time. In this case, the performers all specialize in very popular songs, many of which were recorded and whose versions have become popular not only with contemporary audiences but also with people who do not regularly attend concerts. Each of the songs is performed entirely on their own, without any orchestration or accompaniment. This allows the audience to enjoy the music even without knowing who or what they are listening to. (The same is true for ‘Carissa’, which uses similar language but is presented entirely to string quartet, as well as ‘Dante Alighieri’ and ‘The Concordance’)
Romanticism, which was a fairly popular form of music within the early nineteenth century, is sometimes associated with larger-scale, highly elaborate concerts. However, this was not always the case, with early classical music often being performed in huge halls. Indeed, the first concert that many concert societies would describe as ‘epoch’ would be a concert held in Salzburg, in mid-July of 1819. It featured the entire orchestra and all of the members of the Royal Academy of Music. This concert was meant to be an occasion when all things would come together at one place for one single evening – a signal of the changing times in which the music would shape modern society.
The idea of the concert has evolved over the years to where it is today. While the first type of concert activity that most concert societies are now familiar with happened in the late Victorian and early Victorian age – chamber music concerts, which was a much bigger hit than it is today – nowadays concert activity can take place virtually anywhere. The internet, of course, offers some of the most amazing opportunities for those looking for a more flexible type of concert activity than would be possible within a physical venue. Today’s concert promoters are constantly looking out for new places and new ways to stage and arrange music events, and have found a number of amazing venues that have all the qualities you need to make a concert experience worth coming to.