What's in an Encore?

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One of the most anticipated--and sometimes even most surprising--parts of any musical recital or concert is the encore.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, Kerry Nolan disects encores with Anne Midgette, classical music critic for The Washington Post. Midgette weighs in on the audience member's role in the encore, on its spontaneity, and on the critic's role in reviewing a show's encore. Midgette also shares her favorite encore with Kerry Nolan.

What's your favorite encore? Post it in a comment below. And for more on the subject, click here to read Anne Midgette's Washington Post blog post on encores. Or, click on the video below to see a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C Sharp Minor," which he used to play as an encore to end his recitals.