Source: an excerpt from PBS Newshour, December 2
JOSHUA BELL: Oh, yes.
JEFFREY BROWN: Should it be a less formal experience?
JOSHUA BELL: Well, first of all, people, if you go back 100 years or 200 years, when the music of Mendelssohn was being performed, people did clap…
JEFFREY BROWN: Yes.
JOSHUA BELL: …after the first movement. When Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was premiered, after the second movement, they clapped so much that they had to repeat the second movement and do it again. So, there was a different kind of vibe. And so when people today say, you’re not supposed to clap, I actually say it’s – historically – it’s actually incorrect. And I enjoy – I enjoy it. When I hear people clapping at the wrong times, I think that’s great. We have got a listener that’s not used to going to – we have got a new listener. And that just – that excites me.
JEFFREY BROWN: Yes, but you don’t want to discourage that, right? So, do you…
JOSHUA BELL: So, I don’t. I have had conductors, playing with conductors that turn around to the audience and say, don’t clap. And then I will usually turn to the audience and say, come on, do it, do it.