The experience of live music – whether shared with hundreds of other people in a concert hall or enjoyed among close friends within the confines of a living room – is truly life-giving. But, forget dressing up, staying quiet, and waiting to clap. Once upon a time, concert-going was a long and (sometimes) rowdy affair complete with food, drink, friends, and perhaps a few tomatoes thrown in for good measure. In this lecture, we’ll consider the roots of concert etiquette in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. How were the first concert series different from those we know today? What role did individual patrons play? Who was in the audience and how did they behave? When and how did traveling virtuosos become a phenomenon? And how do YOU think we can make concert going more inherently fun today?