Final straw: New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert saw red when a mobile phone went off during a New York Philharmonic performanceAccording to the report Gilbert asked the offender directly "are you quite finished?"
For many it is just one of the daily afflictions of the digital age.
But when a mobile phone went off during a New York Philharmonic performance the conductor saw red, stopping the orchestra in its tracks.
Orchestra music director Alan Gilbert was so appalled by the continuing distraction during one of the most poignant parts of the performance that he brought the musicians to a standstill.
The phone’s 'marimba' ring-tone went off from a front row seat of New York's Avery Fisher Hall during Tuesday night's performance, according to eyewitnesses.
The untimely interruption happened during the final and most moving bars of Mahler's Ninth symphony, just 13 bars before the beginning of the last page of the score, blogger Michael Jo reported.
Jo wrote on his blog thousandfold echo: ‘As Alan Gilbert turned to the first violins and the sound grew ever more hushed and veiled, the unmistakable chimes of the iPhone Marimba ringtone resounded loud and clear’.
The phone went off in the front row during the final and most moving bars of Mahler's Ninth symphony
In an almost unprecedented measure, an obviously annoyed Mr Gilbert cut the orchestra.
The conductor then turned around on the podium to face the offender, the superconductor blog reported.
My conductor daughter would probably tell you the offender should have been shot on sight for interrupting such a spectacular piece and I wouldn't disagree. If we can't shoot them, then at least we should be able to seize their phone and smash it before their eyes. That would be music to my ears.