Boston changes concert etiquette. It’s fist and elbow bumps now

Boston changes concert etiquette. It’s fist and elbow bumps now


norman lebrecht

March 06, 2020

Exclusive pics from last night’s BSO concert:

Conductor Hannu Lintu fistbumping soloist Seong-Jin Cho at the end of the Prokofiev Second Piano Concerto

Lintu fistbumps Associate Concertmaster Alexander Velinzon

photos: Hilary Scott


  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    After Prok II, the pianist’s hand is probably in shreds anyway. My god, that piece needs some pounding

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Hannu is a warm and brilliant person and musician. Aside from the more casual physical post-performance greeting of thanks to each other, perhaps it is also a safer way to express sincerity during these challenging times of global health crises. Even so, it is a sign of friendship and appreciation toward each other.

  • Karl says:

    The audience got a good laugh out of it too. The hall was was nearly full – no fears of this fancy flu in Boston. I like what Lintu wears too – no fancy coat and tails. He dressed like that in Montreal too.

  • Tito Munoz says:

    I know doctors who advise this, as opposed to handshakes and hugs, while the current outbreak is an issue.

  • Larry D says:

    As we all know, viruses cannot be transmitted by fists?

  • Enquiring Mind says:

    The Corona virus season greeting; as little touching as possible.

  • Joel stein says:

    He did hug the soloist-the initial elbow bumps with the first stand violinists got a big laugh

  • Bruce says:

    Photo #2: those are elbows.