Some strange people go to classical concertsmain
From a reader’s comment to a Washington Post review of a horn trio recital at the Library of Congress:
… in the first movement of the Brahms, I thought I heard a woman a few rows in front of me in the first row make some noise, and then I realized she was either laughing or making a crying noise. Soon after that, she spit on the floor, and also tore at a page in the program; this was alarming.
Pretty soon after that, the woman approached the edge of the stage and placed a shoe there, and after returning to her seat, possibly went back up to it to more carefully position it. Then once the 1st movement ended, she quietly said something like “that’s to catch all the [3 or 4 letter word for semen]”. I was stunned and frozen for the next 20+ minutes; she went back to the stage a few more times to place and reposition a jacket or something by the shoe. The trio did a great job ignoring whatever they saw or heard. Hopefully she was photographed and banned after the end. Did anyone else see or hear something I didn’t describe…?
The performers were Eric Ruske, Gloria Chien and Jennifer Frautschi.
UPDATE: Jennifer Frautschi adds: