Entries in Symphony (2)


Ringtone Halts New York Philharmonic Mid-Song

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- For the first time ever, a performance of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center was halted by a ringing cell phone.

Tuesday night, during the final movements of Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, the music was brought to a dramatic halt by Maestro Alan Gilbert.

The culprit?  The distinctive sound of iPhone’s “Marimba” ringtone.

A ringing phone in the first row could be heard throughout the Center’s Avery Fisher Hall each time the symphony came to a quiet moment in the performance.

It was then that Maestro Gilbert sharply turned his head to signal to the offending audience member that that was enough, reports the Wall Street Journal, who happened to have a reporter in the audience.

The ringtone continued to the point where Gilbert turned to the audience and asked that the culprit, said to be a male and a regular Philharmonic attendee, quiet his phone.

Gilbert finally stopped the orchestra mid-song until it happened, and resumed the concert’s grand finale only after he received confirmation that it would not happen again.

The Philharmonic reports it was the first time the music director had ever interrupted a performance because of a cell phone, or any other disruption.

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Striking Detroit Symphony Musicians Offer Ultimatum

Photo Courtesy - Comstock(DETROIT) -- The striking orchestra members of the Detroit Symphony announced Tuesday that they would not go back to work unless they were offered binding arbitration from the group's management.

The orchestra announced on Tuesday that the musicians would go back to work without a contract, but they would only return to their music stands on the condition of binding arbitration.

The musicians clarified that they would go back to work immediately if such an offer was made.

The announcement could bring an end to the strike, which began in October. It has forced the management to cancel much of its 2010-2011 season.

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