April 16, 2024

The Return of ‘Patron X’:


The concert was stopped because of a persistent, ringing iPhone only a few rows away from Mr. Gilbert. (The owner of the phone is a 20-year Philharmonic subscriber, identified only as “Patron X.” The phone buzzed its merry “marimba” tune against the swelling textures of Mahler’s Ninth, the last work that the composer would live to complete. The conductor stopped the concert until the patron turned his offending instrument off.
Our coverage of the story appears here.
It’s been 48 hours since I saw the Facebook post of my friend Kyra Sims, Manhattan School of Music student and horn player. I asked her for an interview very late at night on Facebook chat, and she was willing to give me some excellent details on the events of the concert, including knowledge of the ring-tone. So thanks, Kyra.
Since then, Ms. Sims has been interviewed by Fox News as well. (Other particulars on the story came from Michael Jo’s excellent account, available on his site: Thousandfold Echo.)
But it’s also been only two days since the traffic on this blog went absolutely ballistic. Readers have been coming to Superconductor from the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun and network news sites owned by NBC and CBS. Yahoo, Boing Boing, The Awl and Gothamist have all covered the story, alongside my colleagues at the Times, WQXR and National Public Radio. Accounts of the story have spread to Italy and Australia.
If you are one of these new readers who has come to this site following this story, I would like to take a moment to thank you for visiting this site, and to hope that you’ll stay for a daily mix of concert reviews, opera coverage, and occasional works of fiction involving the music industry. This blog is about to celebrate its fifth year (next month) and I hope you stay on to read all about it.


(Via Superconductor)

Ugh. People, please either mute the phones or turn them off. I turn mine off for events like this.

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