Last night’s New York Philharmonic performance of Mahler’s ninth symphony tapered off 13 bars before the end when a phone went off in the front row.
Conductor Alan Gilbert turned to the offender and, as Paul Pelkonen reports in his excellent Superconductor blog (with detail from a close bysitter), subjected him to public humiliation.
He then picked up from rehearsal number 118 and led the symphony to its quiet close.
What’s to be done about phones in live concerts? Simple. The hall should cut off the signal during performance. Right?