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What to Say After a Concert, v. 2.0

A Minute with Miles

A while back I spent a minute offering a few suggestions of what to say after a concert when the concert was really pretty bad, but the performer is someone you know and you have to say something. In the unfortunate event that you’ve already used up your store of useful phrases, I thought I’d suggest a few more.

The easiest thing to say is a always a simple “Bravo.” But of course it’s a little too easy – and whenever someone has only said “bravo” to me after one of my concerts I’ve always been suspicious.

A good thing to try is avoidance by misdirection, as in,

“Mozart! Don’t you think it’s the clarity that makes him so difficult?” … or, “I just love Schubert. And he died so young.”

And when all else fails there’s always “wow.” Either alone, as in, “Wow!”… or in combination, as in

“Wow, what a challenging program!” or

“Wow, you must be exhausted!” Or my very favorite:

“Wow, you did it.”

This has been A Minute with Miles – a production of South Carolina Public Radio, made possible by the J.M. Smith Corporation.

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Miles Hoffman is the founder and violist of the American Chamber Players, with whom he regularly tours the United States, and the Virginia I. Norman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chamber Music at the Schwob School of Music, in Columbus, Georgia. He has appeared as viola soloist with orchestras across the country, and his solo performances on YouTube have received well over 700,000 views.