Direct action: Music critic snatches ringing phone in mid-concertomain
A phone went off in Vienna’s Musikvereinsaal during the quiet opening passage of the first Shostakovich violin concerto.
No-one moved, least of all its owner.
So the Philadelphia critic David Patrick Stearns (he was there with his home orchestra) reached over and confiscated the ringing thing.
Could he have been arrested for it?
Here‘s what happened.