Ever been to an event where you feel like you don't belong? Maybe you feel like you don't know enough, or you aren't dressed well-enough, or that you're being judged for things you didn't even know you were doing "wrong"? Which fork do I use. Which wine glass is for the Zinfandel? Which bread plate is mine?
We've all been there...and we never want to go back to an event where we get funny looks for using the wrong fork. We just want to enjoy the food. Well, this kind of experience is all-too-common in classical music circles, and I think its awful. An environment which shames folks who are trying it on for the first time is not an environment I would want to be in, either.