Skip to comments.Fistfight Stuns Patrons At Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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 Chicagos classical and folk music station 98.7 WFMT, who was at the performance but didnt see the fight. It wasnt 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.
:: One concert-goer described the look as dagger eyes. ::
Because his “jazz hands” were busy conducting?
If I wanted to see a fight, I would’ve gone to a hockey game. :->
I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.
Dang! Being elite just ain’t what it used to be...
How’d you get a photo? I thought they didn’t allow cameras...
Jerry: “I like this opera crowd. I feel tough.”
I shoulda known!
Look on the bright side. This happened in Chicago and no one shot anybody.
“...no one shot anybody...”
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.
If you see groups of youths in tuxedos, get away as fast as possible.
That’s the trouble with our culture today. Too much sex and violins.
...yeah me too...makes it hard to enjoy the paté and Moët afterward...
I went to a fight and a concert broke out.
I went to the fights and an Irish parade broke out.
Never take a baton to a fistfight...
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