In the days of chamber music, 200 or 300 years ago, people would gather in their drawing rooms or salons to listen to live musicians. It was a way to get together with friends and, at the same time, to be introduced to artists and their work – when involvement in the arts was a part of everyday life.
Today, most of us are accustomed to concerts where the performer is inaccessible, so the experience of a private concert in an intimate setting provides a refreshing contrast.
The audience is close enough to see the details of the artist’s performance – the nuances of a facial expression – or hear the artist’s fingers attack the strings before they hear the sound of the notes. Not only can the guests see the performance better, they also have multiple opportunities to meet and mingle with the performer.
House Concerts are fun, and they take a common social gathering to a whole new level. Since most people have never been to a private concert in someone’s home, your guests feel they are part of something special. The concert provides a unique focus to the evening with plenty of time to socialize. The intimacy and warmth of the experience enchant most people who attend.
Many hosts find that House Concerts are a tangible way in which they can support the arts in their community. Your guests don't have to dress formally or make large contributions. They simply get to enjoy the artistry of a new talent in the gracious setting of your home.
The growing popularity of House Concerts has given independent artists opportunities to build grass-roots audiences. By hosting a House Concert and sharing this unique opportunity with those in your intimate circle, you are making a significant contribution to an artist’s career.
Not at all. At no personal cost, the House Concert host becomes an impresario, introducing friends, family, neighbours, and business associates to some wonderful music. The host can hand-pick the guests for this unique social gathering.
The performer’s fee is based on the number of people in attendance. Typical attendance at a House Concert is 20 – 50 or more. Tickets usually range from $20 – $25, and each invited guest pays for a ticket. The hosts are guests of the performer.
If you are concerned about asking people to pay, let them know that all proceeds from ticket sales go to the artist. This is a way for you and your guests to directly support a touring performer, and to have a memorable and unique evening at a reasonable price. By hosting a private concert at your home, you are simply providing a venue for the performance. For a special occasion or celebration in your life, you might want to invite your guests and pay for the entertainment yourself. Contact Lowry directly for info.
Most people are surprised at how many people can be seated comfortably in a living room. Using concert-style row seating, with kitchen or dining room chairs and some furniture rearranging, an average 12 X 18 living room can comfortably seat 35 people. Often you can borrow stacking chairs from a local church or school, use patio chairs, or ask friends and neighbours to bring a chair or two.
If your home is absolutely too small, consider hosting the concert jointly with a friend who has a larger home, or even at a local coffee bar, in your condominium common room, or in the boardroom at your office. In warm weather, you might prefer to hold your concerts outdoors in a backyard or on a deck. (Be sure to arrange an alternative rain site.)
Invite everyone you know who would enjoy this unique experience: friends, relatives, neighbours, business associates.
Two 50-minute sets with a 20-minute intermission are typical. This format can be tailored to each individual situation.
Lowry will personalize a concert flyer with your details for you to print and email to your intended guests. You can also call and invite them in person.
Coffee and tea with cake or cookies is very common. More elaborate refreshments are not expected or required, and are totally at the host’s discretion. Some hosts ask their guests to bring a dish or dessert to add to the festivities.
In most instances, Lowry provides the sound and lighting he needs for intimate settings. He will, however, need a table to display CDs and tapes.
Lowry performs a brand new unreleased song at
Ritchey's 18th Annual House Concert, Vancouver