People, this has got to stop. Last night, the New York Philharmonic – THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC! – had to stop its performance of Mahler’s 9th thirteen bars from the end, during a particularly hushed and dramatic moment, because a concertgoer sitting in the first row – THE FIRST ROW – didn’t turn off his iPhone, and it rang. And rang. And continued to ring. All credit to maestro Alan Gilbert, who merely stopped the orchestra and humiliated the man publicly. I might have tried to feed him the baton. (FULL STORY: Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc, Arts Journal)
Last Night, the New York Philharmonic’s Performance of Mahler’s 9th Was Interrupted By a Ringtone. Yes, It Was.
January 11, 2012