Mahan Esfahani was addressing an audience in Budapest last night on the personal history of Henry Cowell, a US composer jailed for homosexuality, when a young man leapt up and hurled abuse at the artist.
Mahan was explaining Cowell’s Set of Four and how the ‘chorale’ might be read as protest against old-school US religious chorales. The heckler began shouting that he ‘was being insulting to people of faith’.
Others in the audience told him to shut up. The heckler, apparently an American, yelled ‘f*ck you’ and walked out.
The incidents are becoming sadly less uncommon.