I remember being discouraged
>> from reading program notes while
>> the orchestra played

As a youngster, I would sometimes read program notes while listening to 
a recording in order to better appreciate what is happening in the 
music, if it were an unfamiliar style or selection. It enhanced my 
appreciation and understanding of the music.

>> Bottom line, who cares if people applaud between movements?

Be thankful that there is an audience.

Joe Salerno