Violist Lukas Kmit, while performing at a Jewish Orthodox synagogue in Presov, Slovakia, was disturbed by a ring tone.
Alan Gilbert stopped a performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony at the Avery Fisher Hall a few weeks ago when an iPhone started ringing. Riccardo Muti continued conducting an overture at La Scala while glaring backwards over his shoulder at the culprit for at least half a minute.
Kmit, however, tackled the problem more creatively…
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.