(WICHITA, Kan.) — Is there anything more glorious than music? Is there anything greater than the feeling of joy that only music can bring? Words can not describe the feeling of having your spirit lifted up to a new place when you hear music being played. The only thing that bring you down to Earth faster and harder than a knock on your door is the sound of a cell phone ringing.
That's exactly what happened at Tuesday's New York Philharmonic performance of Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony, a beautiful piece written shortly before the composer's death.
Audience members took to Twitter to explain what happened.
According to the Tweets, right as the Philharmonic reached the crescendo, that annoying familiar tone of an incoming call started.
The Tweets accuse an elderly gentleman sitting in the front row as being the owner of the offending phone. For minutes, it was ignored. Then New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert apparently had enough, the Tweets say. Tweeters say he dropped his hands, signalling the musicians to stop playing, and he turned around and said to the man, "Are you done?"