Disruptive Cell Phone Halts Philharmonic Performance
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The music director for the New York Philharmonic stopped a performance at Lincoln Center Tuesday night after a concert-goer allowed their cell phone to ring loudly.
NY1 spoke to some audience members who say Alan Gilbert was conducting the final movement to Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony when a cell phone went off.
They say the ringing was so loud and non-stop that Gilbert stopped his orchestra and glared at the offender, who was sitting near the front of the theater.
People in the audience shouted out threats to have the culprit thrown out of the performance.
Philharmonic representatives say that proper procedure to silence cell phones was not followed and that they are working with Lincoln Center to make sure such a disruption does not happen again.
Sources say the owner of the cell phone never identified themselves.