New York Philharmonic performance interrupted by ringing Apple iPhone

New York Philharmonic performance interrupted by ringing Apple iPhone
Tickets to see the prestigious New York Philharmonic don't come cheaply. For that kind of money, audiences expect to hear pieces like Gustav Mahler's ninth symphony, not the ring tone from an Apple iPhone. But that is what a jeering audience was subjected to last Tuesday at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert was leading the Philharmonic during the last movement of Mahler's ninth symphony when a familiar but intrusive sound startled the 2,750 in attendance, like that screeching noise made by a piece of chalk on a blackboard. It was a ring tone from an Apple iPhone which kept ringing and ringing and ringing.

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

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40. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

A phone ringing during a performance of any kind is hardly news.

35. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Nope, Android users aren't stupid enough to leave an alarm on or not turn on silent mode for a performance...

30. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 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).


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

23. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 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 one really cares about this.

21. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 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.


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 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?

18. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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

17. Dcfurious

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Another hard hitting story by CNN. Great job guys! I'm extremely glad I know about this!

16. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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? John B.

39. asimo

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

I got tired back when the media used their position to acclaim this product (2006>2011)

15. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

iPhones. They ruin everything

25. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

Simple but deadly comment dude LOL +1

13. Hildy

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Siri prefers Wagner to Mahler.

11. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

sue that ringtone because interrupted... LOL

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Feb 22, 2011

Better question...why is it news like a week later?

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2354; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yeah, but you pay $5 bucks to see a movie... That Orchestra sitting was probably costing $100+ a seat..

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

it was an iPhone..that's why its "news"

7. jgerboc

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 17, 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... :)

6. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

This is terrible!! I hope they got kicked out- or banned.

5. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

A shame

12. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

More like iShame

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

At first I thought this was an onion article.

2. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

Well..there you have it...those 2012 doomsday Aztec..uh them calender makin mofo's was right ya'll. End of the world!

1. fbbwang

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 07, 2011


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