We have all been there. A live performance interrupted by someone's cellphone ringer. Well, it happened again during a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at New York’s Lincoln Center Tuesday evening.
Austrian composer Gustav Mahler is one of the most prolific composers of all time. He has produced some of the greatest classical music pieces in history, such as the Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, the “Resurrection” Symphony and the “Tragic” Symphony.
During a New York Philharmonic performance of the final movement of Mahler’s ninth symphony at New York’s Lincoln Center earlier this week, a gentleman in the front row, who has been labeled as “Patron X,” had his cellphone alarm ringing continually. The ringtone was the iPhone marimba signal.
Conductor Alan Gilbert actually stopped the orchestra and apologized to the crowd of about 2,750. He then glanced down at the individual and told him to turn it off and finally confirming if it was, indeed, turned off. The audience applauded Gilbert even before he restarted.
Although the symphony did complete its performance, the crowd was quite enraged. Bloggers who attended the event reported that the interruption prompted members of the audience to yell, “Kick him out!” and “A $1,000 fine!”
Comments in the blog posts even suggest that the phone had rung in the earlier part of the symphony.
Speaking with the New York Times, the gentleman, an executive in his 60s, said that he felt absolutely “horrible” about the incident and actually wants to issue an apology to everyone in the audience.
The 20-year subscriber to the orchestra explained that his company replaced his BlackBerry with the iPhone and he thought he had switched it to silent mode prior to the beginning of the concert. Instead, he accidentally had the alarm clock still set.
Following the performance, he received a phone call from an orchestra official and Patron X noted that he wanted to apologize in person to Gilbert.
Please note, the video below is not actually a recording of the incident but an edit to witness the experience.