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January 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

How do you feel about cellphones at performances?

You could call it the iPhone Alarm Heard ‘Round the World, or the Marimba that Stopped Mahler. Earlier this week, a New York Philharmonic patron’s persistent iPhone alarm, set to the chipper marimba tone, caused conductor Alan Gilbert to do the unthinkable — stop a performance of Mahler’s Ninth — and insist the tone be silenced. Some in the audience called for more, shall we say, Draconian measures. How do you feel?

How do you feel about cellphone/smartphone usage at performances?

Comments | Topics: Mahler, New York Philharmonic

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