Thursday, May 10, 2007

Boston concert delivers real punch

'BOSTON — Concert-goers, and even Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, were caught off-guard when a fight broke out on opening night at usually sedate Symphony Hall. Television video of the fight Wednesday night showed two men struggling in the balcony — one with his shirt pulled off — as several people stood around them - see news photo above and TV video link below.

Lockhart briefly halted the performance, which featured singer-songwriter Ben Folds, while the men were escorted out.Witnesses said they heard a scream from the balcony, and the sound of chairs falling, then a second scream as the fight escalated.

“The first time there was a scream, Keith looked up that way but he kept going,” audience member June MacIndoe told Boston's WHDH-TV. “Then about a minute and a half later ... there was a big scream and you could hear chairs falling over and you could see them up there, fists going.”

At that point, Lockhart stopped the performance for a couple of minutes, she said. “He just stood there, you know, quiet.” Boston police spokesman David Estrada said police officers on security detail at the hall escorted the men off the property, and no charges were filed. No injuries were reported, he said.

A Boston Symphony spokeswoman did not immediately return a call for comment.'

From Globeand mail.com, now watch the video.

For more audience participation try Bark's St Matthew Passion.
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2 comments:

Pliable said...

My source adds:

Allegedly, one guy was making too much noise and the other guy attacked him. And there are those who say everyone in America needs to carry a gun.

Pliable said...

Email received

Perhaps it will inspire a new commission for the Pops--"Concerto for Two Pugilists and Orchestra" (in 10 rounds and no holds barred).