If you haven't heard, his iPhone alarm went off during the spellbinding fade-away to Mahler's Ninth Symphony at the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday night.
It broke the spell, and it also seemed to unleash everyone's latent exasperation with modern technology's intrusion on even the most sacred moments of our lives. Audience members shouted angrily, conductor Alan Gilbert stopped the show, and recriminations and jokes have abounded all over Twitter, YouTube, and I even heard one on the radio this morning.
And yet -- who among us can say that their cell phone has never strummed, or chimed, or belted out an inappropriate tune during the wrong moment? That sexy riff from your favorite pop tune seemed like a really cool ring tone -- until it started jangling during a funeral, or during a tense meeting with your boss. It happens, in modern life.
As the New York Times reported, Patron X is 20-year subscriber to New York Philharmonic, a devoted concertgoer who is in his 60s. He also hasn't slept since the embarrassing incident.
His company had switched him from a Blackberry to an iPhone just days before, and he really thought the thing was off. It turns out that, though the phone was not taking calls, the alarm was accidentally on. Patron X has apologized to the orchestra, the audience, and personally to conductor Alan Gilbert.
Has your cell phone ever rang at the wrong moment? And when it comes to concerts, what can we do to help prevent this?
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