The goal of this guide is to share the resources in MPAL that can help you to listen to and better understand the performing arts. In addition to the books listed on the side, you might find the following resources helpful in preparing for your trip to a performance.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians has biographical listings for composers and also opera synopses.
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music has information about the music and instruments of non-western societies.
The International Encyclopedia of Dance has information on famous dancers and dance productions.
The Cambridge Guide to Theatre has information on plays and playwrights.
You must either have a University of Illinois Net ID or use an on-campus computer to access these resources.
Acclaimed conductor Benjamin Zander talks about listening to classical music.
The performance atmosphere comes with a special set of guidelines so that all in attendance may enjoy the production. Below is a set of reminders (and some explanations) of such procedures.
The guide to Accessibility Resources at Krannert Center may be helpful in planning your visit.
More tips on concert etiquette:
"Advice on Etiquette at the Orchestra" - Chicago Tribune article
"Claptrap: When to Clap or Not to Clap at Concerts" - Chicago Tribune article