Thursday, January 12, 2012

Symphony Stops for Cellphone Ring

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Here's some vindication for those of us who have ever felt like seriously walloping the person whose obnoxiously loud cellphone ring starts going off in the middle of a concert, play, book reading or other inopportune time, even after the audience has been asked to turn all phones off, and then that person doesn't seem to notice his or her phone so it keeps going off until the entire audience is ready for a lynching.

Apparently just such an event occurred during a performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony by the New York Philharmonic on Jan. 10, but this time, the offender didn't get off with just a series of irritated looks. Conductor Alan Gilbert stopped the entire orchestra near the end of the symphony when a patron's phone decided to add a marimba to the arrangement.

In fact, the phone kept going for so long, Gilbert felt he could no longer ignore it and turned to the stare-him-down-in-shame method, and apparently other audience members were none-too-thrilled either. Score one for common courtesy.

Check out the details of the encounter at


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