I took my wife to the symphony this past weekend. It was the first time I've ever been. I've always wanted to check one out, but never acted on it until this past January when I noticed that there would be a mozart concerto, and decided that it would be a nice romantic evening out with my wife... a nice break from the baby, bath, bedtime routine (though we very much love that routine for it's own merits
It was a tremendous experience. I didn't care for the Bela Bartok piece they did to break the evening in, but when they played the Mozart piece, I couldn't wipe the smile from my face. I was absolutely mesmerized the entire time. There's absolutely nothing like being there in person with the music bouncing off the walls, and the whole spectacle of the music being played right there in front of you. It's something I would definitely consider doing again.
Here is a sample of what I experienced from the very lady who did the clarinet solo for the performance that I attended. Her name is Sharon Kam, and she was wonderful: