New York Philharmonic performance interrupted by ringing Apple iPhone
Gilbert turned to face the audience, which by now was calling for the head of the iPhone owner, and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I apologize, " and asked the phone's owner if the ringing was done. The Philharmonic then finished the piece, which itself runs for 82 minutes. Philharmonic spokesman Eric Latzky commented on the conduct of conductor Gilbert by saying, "Alan’s main concern was for the audience. And to have this most beautiful, and this most delicate, symphony stopped by an iPhone at its most vulnerable moment — [that] was what Alan was really concerned about, for the other 2,750 people in the hall." The conductor received a standing ovation when he was done.
source: NYPost, CNN
2. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Well..there you have it...those 2012 doomsday Aztec..uh Myan..um them calender makin mofo's was right ya'll. End of the world!
3. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
At first I thought this was an onion article.
6. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
This is terrible!! I hope they got kicked out- or banned.
7. jgerboc (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)
Sad story that someone was THAT inconsiderate of the orchestra, conductor, the audience, and the arts. But, you would also have thought the call would have gone to voicemail after 2 rings....damn Verizon... :)
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Why is this news? Phones ring on movies and musicals and orchestra yes its annoying and the phone owner is dumb but its a phone ringing, why is this news ? Slow weekend maybe?
10. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
Better question...why is it news like a week later?
24. cheetah2k (Posts: 1116; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Yeah, but you pay $5 bucks to see a movie... That Orchestra sitting was probably costing $100+ a seat..
32. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
yeah but does it matter how much the sit cost? this is far from being considered a tech related news its all I have to say, if the iPad was used to help the orchestra perform or if the iPhone app can now let you watch it at home (not that you would do under normal circumstances) it would be news or if the Philharmonic where to forbid people from using phones it will be news but I don't see why a ringing phone would call media attention like that
38. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1703; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
it was an iPhone..that's why its "news"
16. Slammer (Posts: 1402; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Ok. I've seen enough here.
Anything to keep Apple in public eyes. As another poster pointed out, owners of cellphones in general have been historically ongoing with problems like this.
So why mention "iPhone"? Why not say the event was interrupted by a phone?
Doesn't the media ever get tired of using their position to schlep this product?
39. asimo (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
I got tired back when the media used their position to acclaim this product (2006>2011)
17. Dcfurious (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Another hard hitting story by CNN. Great job guys! I'm extremely glad I know about this!
18. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
post the dudes face. i would love to see the next samsung commercial regarding this incident.
its often the iphone going off in moments it shouldn't whenever im at a public venue.. theatres, meetings, etc
19. KIANO (Posts: 73; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)
How about an auto-Silent-on/off at time or location desired.
Or perhaps... Is there an app for that when attending a Philharmonic?
21. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
The point is that it was Apple iPhone, not some ordinary cell phone that would have the same effect on concert. Because it's iPhone, this is big news, that must be heard all over the Globe.
PhoneArena, you also belong to Apple Conspiracy.
23. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
yeah its like those ghetto hood rat people who you see in public when their phone starts ringing and they have it in their hand all the while they are looking around to see who is looking at them.while they do absolutely nothing to answer or stop the ringing.some people are such low life piece of s**t that they need attention that bad.its so sad but true.this is a perfect example of that.get a life people.no one really cares about this.
27. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
There should be a "Go Directly to Jail. Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect" law, regardless of what kind of phone, i.e., legitimate Android Smartphone, Krackenberry phone, flip phone or i(Dumb)phone. Hell, there's a law for everything else!
Had I been in attendance I would have demAnded an iRefund.
30. JC557 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The story is that the person with the iPhone had just gotten the phone as a gift and he didn't really know how to set functions on the phone and was unaware that his alarm was set to go off. The conductor spoke with the phone's owner and the owner was in no way rude, just a bit clueless about his new technological gift.
Thankfully there most of the people there had class to accept the conductor's halting of the performance (in some pieces silence plays a part) and applauded him for it. It's was quite a story in NYC but they didn't really mention the iPhone until the middle of their story (the default ring no less).
31. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Lol Androids were not allowed.. due to their cheap plastc.. they were sent to a nearby corner... and check for the weather on their widgets...
33. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
with android you get more coin ZING! the day they kick me out of a place because of the phone I use it will be on the news.
36. frydaexiii (Posts: 1387; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Nope, Android users aren't stupid enough to leave an alarm on or not turn on silent mode for a performance...
35. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Everyone was probably relieved to hear a phone ringing. A much needed icebreaker to a boring performance :)
Now where are those fandroids that said that the iphone's speakers are inaudible? Lol.
40. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
A phone ringing during a performance of any kind is hardly news.