It’s been a busy week in music land – eight concerts in the last ten days. This kind of pace is not just a stretch for the grey matter. It also presents a serious challenge for the wardrobe. Black, black, black or… more black? With the winter opera season fast approaching and a good deal of Mahler in my near future, I think we need to get this concert dress code properly sussed out. Advice, anyone?
This is my draft plan (for women):
Opera – shiny, silky, sparkly and probably black. High heels, lipstick, little bags with no room for anything but a lace hanky and a cloakroom ticket. Length of hem: long, longer or very short. Only you can decide whether your legs are up to the task. Alternatively, and for the very bold, production themed fancy dress. My husband wore a kilt to the opening of Lucia. I didn’t. Also, negotiating the Opera House and environs can be like a three day hike in the Blue Mountains, so use your cloakroom ticket to redeem bag with foot-friendly shoes.
Sydney Symphony – depends on the day of the week and the program. A Saturday night Master Series could be nearly as dressy as the opera, although skip the miniskirts and bare shoulders. Mozart in the City is suits and tailored shirts. Meet the Music is school uniform… Similar code for Musica Viva.
Australian Chamber Orchestra – Stylish, baby. You can dress as daggy as you like, as long as it is vintage, designer, sourced from a market (preferably in a third world country) or hand knitted.
Australian Brandenburg – all of the above, although probably not floor length ball gowns. But given they perform at the most easily accessible concert hall in town you can wear those thigh length high heeled boots without a care.
New Music — varies according to venue, but you should be safe in jeans and / or black. Hair colour optional. Facial hair optional. In fact, hair optional. NB: If it involves percussion, tibetan hats and/or waistcoats strongly recommended.
I jest, but people-watching can be almost as fascinating as listening to music in Sydney’s music scene. Am I near the mark or way off? Comments, please.