iPhone Marimba ringtone stops New York Philharmonic, conductor Alan Gilbert accepts owner apology

By on Jan 13, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, Smartphone, Technology, United States, Weird Comments

An iPhone “Marimba” ringtone reportedly stopped the performance of the New York Philharmonic on Thursday, January 12, 2012, with Maestro Alan Gilbert later accepting the apology of the culprit.



Maestro Alan Gilbert
Image Credit: Hiroyuki Ito/NYTimes.com

According to the New York Times on Friday, the New York Philharmonic was on its closing part of playing Mahler’s Ninth Symphony when an iPhone rang to the tune of Marimba and the conductor was forced to stop the music.

As noted in the report, the famous orchestra was playing at the Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center in New York City and the man with the ringing iPhone was seated on the first row and was noticed by Mr. Gilbert.

Apparently, Maestro Gilbert repeatedly asked the man, whose identity was not revealed but was dubbed as “Patron X“, to silence his iPhone but it kept on ringing its alarm and could not be stopped permanently.

“I apologize. Usually, when there’s a disturbance like this, it is best to ignore it, because addressing it is sometimes worse than the disturbance itself. But this was so egregious that I could not allow it.” Mr. Gilbert reportedly told his audience.

“You can imagine how devastating it is to know you had a hand in that,” the unidentified man told the paper, who described himself as a business executive between 60 and 70 and is running two companies.

“It’s horrible, horrible. I hope the people at that performance and members of the orchestra can certainly forgive me for this whole event. I apologize to the whole audience.” The man added, noting that he had not slept well for two days after the incident.

Patron X‘ told the report he received a call from an official of the orchestra the next day and he was able to talk with Maestro Alan Gilbert and apologized to him personally, which the conductor accepted.



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