Last night I went to Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall to see The Schumann Quartet perform. When the show was about to start, we got the obligatory “Please Silence Your Cell Phones” speech, with the added caveat that it was especially important because the concert was being taped for public radio.
Great. The opening piece, Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor for string quartet K. 546 went off flawlessly. Then they began the premiere piece, Berg Lyric Suite for String Quartet (with soprano). Sometime during the fifth movement, I saw people in left orchestra start to shift in their seats. When the movement was over, right before Tony Arnold was to sing, I heard what was causing people to shift in their seats.
The performers looked to the audience, where the offending sound was coming from.
People started commenting.
Yet, the phone continued to ring, and no one made a move to silence it.
Security appeared, and put his ear to the task, trying to figure out where the ringing was emanating. The offensive device was apparently attached to a woman (in my age range) and the security guard had to actually remove the woman from the auditorium.
So here’s my question:
Why wouldn’t the woman just shut her phone off?
Why did she need to disrupt everything and actually wait to be escorted out?
Never a dull moment….