A Dudamel concert is disturbed at Walt Disney Hallmain
A Slipped Disc reader tells us:
A friend attending Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic texted me to report that he “went to the fights and a symphony broke out.” Apparently a backstage altercation during the Corligiano Symphony No. 1 became so loud that Gustavo Dudamel stopped the orchestra for several minutes until order was restored, then he started over.
We’ve received this clarification from a member of LAPO administration:An intoxicated patron arrived after the start of the concert and was unhappy with the seating hold. He pushed past (and tried to strike) our ushers, past the sound hold through to the corridor behind the organ, just outside one of the audience entry doors to the orchestra view seating area. Our ushers blocked the door and he became very vocal, shouting and swearing at them. At this point you could hear raised voices inside the hall. It became increasingly distracting and at one point, the man tried to open the door. Gustavo stopped the concert and then left the stage. The ushers managed to move the patron away from the auditorium to the main foyer and he then left the premises. This all took place about eight minutes into the Corigliano that we were performing. It was over very quickly and Gustavo restarted the concert almost immediately.These things happen in the best organised concert halls.