We went to Cincinnati to see my imaginary violin concerto boyfriend, Beethoven’s (he only wrote one, but wowzers!).
Happily, we went on Sunday afternoon. Happily, because the soloist, the phenomenal Anne-Sophie Mutter, stopped the concert on Saturday night smack dab in the middle of the second movement.
Why? Somebody was filming instead of experiencing.
Here’s an article about it. Ms. Mutter unobtrusively asked the filmer to stop during a bit where the orchestra played without her. For all I know, the filmer had a very good reason for filming: Maybe her mother had wanted to come but got sick or something. Maybe her father was the classical equivalent of a Deadhead and had never missed an Anne-Sophie Mutter concert until he went into the Witness Protection Program. I don’t know. But Ms. Mutter wasn’t having it.
“Either I will leave, or you will put away your phone and recording device.”
The filmer left the hall.
They started the movement over and went from there, but the happening broke the flow, for sure.
If you want to see a film of Mutter doing the concerto, here’s one on YouTube:
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A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone argues with someone they shouldn’t oughta argue with.