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Creative and Witty Response

This is an excellent example of a musician's creative and witty response to an all too common annoyance.

A similar event at Avery Fisher Hall was reported in exquisite detail in the New York Times by Daniel J. Watkin on January 11.

Aptly entitled New York Philharmonic Interrupted by Chimes Mahler Never Intended, it begins:

The end of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony contains some of the most spiritual and peaceful music ever written. So when a cellphone began ringing – and ringing, ringing, ringing without cease – during a performance by the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday evening, Alan Gilbert did something conductors virtually never do. He stopped the performance.

And then things really got bizarre.

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The violinist was brilliant! :)

Yes, and what's more, he launched his improvisation almost instantly. A lightning quick response. You can't help but smile and nod in deep appreciation!

If things keep going the same politically with the tea party and these nutbag conservatives, musicians might be granted 007 licenses to conceal/carry, and when cell phones go off, they whip out a throwing knife from their boot, or from behind their back, and smite the offending phone and phonista from the front of the stage. Extra master class training would be needed of course. Instruction could be offered in music conservatories. Julliard. Corsica. Places like that.

I can't imagine that any of the candidates in the current Republican clown car has ever seen the inside of a concert hall!

Here's a win/win:
The knife throwing violin playing/fuguelist meets the first time tea party concert goer/dumbphonista.

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