Tuesday 23 May 2023

What to do about Cell Phones at Concerts


Conductor Nezet-Seguin schools audience in concert etiquette after cell phone interruptions.

"Can we live without the damn phone for just one hour?"

It's a phrase not soon to be forgotten by fans of The Philadelphia Orchestra, where conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin lectured his audience after their ringing cellphones interrupted the show -- multiple times.

During a May 7 concert, after a ringtone pierced through the air midway through Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 -- for the second time -- Nézet-Séguin decided he'd had enough.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Montreal-born conductor stopped the orchestra, turned to the crowd and firmly, but civilly, gave them the business.

The phrase "Can we live without the damn phone for just one hour" appeared to resonate with audiences beyond Philly's Verizon Hall, making the rounds on social media.

See the full article here - concert etiquette after cell phone interruptions

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