I suspect that 2011 will go down as a turning point in concert etiquette. What goes on in the hall is no longer confined to those who sit in it – as we have seen several times with demonstrators and disrupters in the hall and substitutions and childbirths from the backstage. Anyone can tweet from anywhere and it’s about time concert organisations got to grips with that reality, like it or not.
A new etiquette is coming to being to replace the old, and Cincinnati is the first to recognise its relevance. As Janelle Gelfand reports here, the orchestra has set aside a corner of the hall for those who wish to communicate during a concert. Seems pretty civilised to me.