"Patron X" speaks.
an exclusive interview with the anonymous New York Philharmonic patron whose unwitting disruption of a concert in Avery Fisher Hall Tuesday evening has been reverberating through the musical blogosphere. As the NYT's Dan Wakin reports, "Patron X" is quite contrite:
"You can imagine how devastating it is to know you had a hand in that," said the man, who described himself as a business executive between 60 and 70 who runs two companies. "It’s horrible, horrible." The man said he had not slept in two days.To read the rest, click here. AMDG.
The man, called Patron X by the Philharmonic, said he was a lifelong classical music lover and 20-year subscriber to the orchestra who was friendly with several of its members. He said he himself was often irked by coughs, badly timed applause — and cellphone rings. "Then God, there was I. Holy smokes," he said.
"It was just awful to have any role in something like that, that is so disturbing and disrespectful not only to the conductor but to all the musicians and not least to the audience, which was so into this concert," he said by telephone.
"I hope the people at that performance and members of the orchestra can certainly forgive me for this whole event. I apologize to the whole audience."
Patron X said he received a call from an orchestra official the day after the concert. He had been identified by his front-row seat. The official politely asked him not to do it again, he said, and the man took the opportunity to ask to speak to Mr. Gilbert, to apologize in person.
The men talked by telephone (it was a land line) on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Gilbert said he told Patron X, "I’m really sorry you had to go through this," and accepted his apology.
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Both Mr. Gilbert and Patron X found something positive in the episode.
"It shows how important people still feel live performance is," Mr. Gilbert said. "This is something people either consciously or implicitly recognize as sacred."
The patron agreed. The incident underscored "the very enduring and important bond between the audience and the performers," he said, adding, "If it’s disturbed in any significant way, it just shows how precious this whole union is."