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Fistfight Stuns Patrons At Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 10, 2012 | unattributed

Posted on 03/12/2012 10:59:11 AM PDT by Hunton Peck

It gets so quiet during the second movement of the Brahms Symphony No. 2, you could almost hear a pin drop.

Or a sneeze. Or a fist hitting a face.

Such was the case Thursday night at Orchestra Hall in a ruckus the Chicago Symphony Orchestra officially described as “an incident” between “two patrons.” But shocked concert-goers and police called it a fist fight in one of the boxes — where the elite typically sit and expect a more refined experience.

Just as the second movement was drawing to a gentle close — with Music Director Riccardo Muti at the podium — a man in his 30s, according to police, started punching a 67-year-old man inside one of the boxes.

“We heard a rather loud thump,” said Steve Robinson, general manager of Chicago’s classical and folk music station 98.7 WFMT, who was at the performance but didn’t see the fight. “It wasn’t so loud that everyone jumped up and ran for the exits.”

Some in the audience thought a patron had suffered some kind of medical emergency. But police said it was a fight stemming from an argument over seats in the box.

“According to the victim, the offender became irate and struck him several times,” police said.

The victim was left with a cut on his forehead, while the other man left before police arrived, authorities said.

The concert never stopped, but Muti shot a glance over his left shoulder toward the box where the punches were thrown. One concert-goer described the look as “dagger eyes.”

Robinson said Muti merely paused longer than would be expected and then continued on to the third movement — after getting a signal from someone up in the box.

“Mind you, he never stopped conducting,” Robinson said. “He very gracefully, without missing a beat — literally — he brought [the second movement] to a very quiet and subdued close, while still looking over his left shoulder.”


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: chicago; fanviolence; symphony
"I went to a symphony concert and a White Sox game broke out!"
1 posted on 03/12/2012 10:59:19 AM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

:: One concert-goer described the look as “dagger eyes.” ::

Because his “jazz hands” were busy conducting?


2 posted on 03/12/2012 11:01:11 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

If I wanted to see a fight, I would’ve gone to a hockey game. :->


3 posted on 03/12/2012 11:02:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Hunton Peck
"The concert never stopped, but Muti shot a glance over his left shoulder toward the box where the punches were thrown. One concert-goer described the look as “dagger eyes.”


4 posted on 03/12/2012 11:05:30 AM PDT by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.


5 posted on 03/12/2012 11:07:06 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Hunton Peck

Dang! Being elite just ain’t what it used to be...


6 posted on 03/12/2012 11:07:33 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: ILS21R

How’d you get a photo? I thought they didn’t allow cameras...


7 posted on 03/12/2012 11:08:11 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck; Gamecock; F15Eagle

Jerry: “I like this opera crowd. I feel tough.”


8 posted on 03/12/2012 11:08:47 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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9 posted on 03/12/2012 11:11:42 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

10 posted on 03/12/2012 11:15:34 AM PDT by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: ILS21R

I shoulda known!


11 posted on 03/12/2012 11:19:02 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: ILS21R

“IT’S LEOPOLD!”


12 posted on 03/12/2012 11:19:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Hunton Peck

Look on the bright side. This happened in Chicago and no one shot anybody.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 11:22:48 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: ILS21R

Well played.


14 posted on 03/12/2012 11:25:59 AM PDT by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: Robwin

“...no one shot anybody...”

...yet.


15 posted on 03/12/2012 11:29:39 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

I fear this could be the start of a long and bloody classical music war similar the the East Coast - West Coast rap wars that took place a number of years ago.


16 posted on 03/12/2012 11:33:57 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet

If you see groups of youths in tuxedos, get away as fast as possible.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 11:45:02 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

That’s the trouble with our culture today. Too much sex and violins.


18 posted on 03/12/2012 11:55:42 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: ILS21R

lol


19 posted on 03/12/2012 11:58:30 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Ken H

Har!


20 posted on 03/12/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
Don't you just hate it when you attend an event like this or an opera in an attempt to improve your cultural "street creds" and this happens...?

...yeah me too...makes it hard to enjoy the paté and Moët afterward...

21 posted on 03/12/2012 12:58:06 PM PDT by and so? (If it angers you, a sarcasm or irony tag after everything I post should be assumed)
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To: JaguarXKE

I went to a fight and a concert broke out.


22 posted on 03/12/2012 1:00:42 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: JaguarXKE

I went to the fights and an Irish parade broke out.


23 posted on 03/12/2012 6:47:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ILS21R

LOL!


24 posted on 03/12/2012 9:25:26 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Hunton Peck

Never take a baton to a fistfight...


25 posted on 03/12/2012 9:30:15 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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