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Thu Jan 12, 2012, 02:00 AM

Gothamist/iPhone Ringtone Brings New York Philharmonic To A Dead Stop

I wish more performers had the stones to do this!
[font size=4]iPhone Ringtone Brings New York Philharmonic To A Dead Stop[/font][/h2]



Don't forget to turn off your phone when you go to the New York Philharmonic...because if it starts ringing they will stop the show. No, really! At last night's performance of Mahler's Ninth, a not-so-gentleman's iPhone (using the "marimba" ringtone) went off multiple times during the piece's final movement. Finally—just 13 bars before the end of the score—Music Director Alan Gilbert lost it and cut the orchestra:

"Mr. Gilbert was visibly annoyed by the persistent ring-tone, so much that he quietly cut the orchestra," the concert-goer reports. She related how the orchestra's music director turned on the podium towards the offender. The pause lasted a good "three or four minutes. It might have been two. It seemed long."

Mr. Gilbert asked the man, sitting in front of the concert-master: "Are you finished?" The man didn't respond.

"Fine, we'll wait," Mr. Gilbert said.

Read full article at: http://gothamist.com/2012/01/11/iphone_brings_new_york_philharmonic.php

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Reply Gothamist/iPhone Ringtone Brings New York Philharmonic To A Dead Stop (Original post)
markpkessinger Jan 2012 OP
SlipperySlope Jan 2012 #1
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2012 #2
CTyankee Jan 2012 #3
HappyMe Jan 2012 #4
lpbk2713 Jan 2012 #5
markpkessinger Jan 2012 #6
msanthrope Jan 2012 #7
liskddksil Jan 2012 #8
NightWatcher Jan 2012 #9
markpkessinger Jan 2012 #10
liskddksil Jan 2012 #11

Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 03:35 PM

1. Kind of rude to interrupt his phone call.

It was nice of the orchestra to keep quiet while the guy was making his call, but trying to talk to him seems kind of rude.


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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 03:39 PM

2. Dramatic, yet effective. I like it.

I have a feeling said "not-so-gentleman" will not forget to turn off his phone in the future.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 03:43 PM

3. what is the matter with some people?

why did the guy bother going to the performance in the first place? I hope they BAN him from the premises forever and put his name on a shit list and circulate to other orchestra's concert halls so they can ban him, too. It is a sin and a crime to interrupt and ruin a performance of Mahler's Ninth!

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 03:53 PM

4. Good for Mr. Gilbert.

I'm sure that the phone call was sooo important...

iMRude.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 03:58 PM

5. Status seeking poseur.




His presence at a NY Phil performance was like a fish out of water.


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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 05:25 PM

6. Funny cellphone story, courtesy of my brother

My brother's daughter graduated from college last month, so he and his wife, along with his mother-in-law, attended the commencement ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, an announcement was made asking folks to turn off cell phones, pagers, etc., for the duration of the ceremony. My brother had already turned off his phone, but made a quick double check. As he did so, he said to his wife and mother-in-law, "I'll bet you five bucks some idiot won't have done it, and his phone will ring." Sure enough, five minutes into the ceremony, a phone starts ringing, very close by, in fact. Turns out it was his mother-in-law (who promptly panicked and thrust the phone into her daughter's hands).

My brother related this story with what some might say was an unhealthy degree of relish!

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 05:52 PM

7. At Yankee Stadium, the people sitting around the miscreant would have helpfully

 

pointed him out by yelling 'asshole, asshole' until he left.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 05:59 PM

8. I believe concert-halls and movie theaters should have the right

to install cell-phone jammers, as is now legal in France.

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Response to liskddksil (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 06:47 PM

9. What if there were an emergency?

I keep my phone constantly on silent (not even vibrate) and have had important texts come through at inopportune times. I'm all in favor of jamming ringtones, but don't jam the whole cellphone....unless you let everyone know ahead of time, so those expecting important texts/news can know to avoid the area.

But yes, if your phone makes a noise during a public performance, you should be placed in the stockades.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 08:09 PM

10. Don't know if they still do this at Lincoln Center, but ...

...back in the mid-Jurassic, pre-cell phone era, when people, if they carried anything at all, carried pagers, the policy at all the Lincoln Center theaters was to request, in most cases, that people not even bring them to the theater. In the cases of doctors, clergypersons or others for whom it was necessary to be constantly reachable, they were asked to leave their pagers with the box office, and the box office would then come and quietly retrieve the person in the event his or her pager went off. I see no reason why they shouldn't do the same with cell phones.

For most of us, I think, the "what if there were an emergency" bit gets seriously overplayed. I mean, seriously, you'd wonder how humanity ever survived without a damn cell phone. More people should discover anew the joys of "unplugging" for a few hours!

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 11:02 AM

11. Would the text or voicemail still come through after the phone left the "jammed" area?

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