Ring in the New

The Music Scene

The talk of the musical week was all about iPhone-gate, the symphonic fiasco that occurred when an audience member’s iPhone marimba ringtone went off in the hushed closing measures of Mahler’s ninth symphony during a New York Philharmonic concert. Conductor Alan Gilbert abruptly halted the piece and turned in the direction of the offending noise. A long and embarrassing stare-down ensued, and, amidst jeers and angry shouts from the audience, the telephoner reached into his pocket and turned off the device.

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