Last night's fascinating evening of music by Peter Eötvös at Zankel Hall had some unanticipated "extras," beginning with a particularly startling cell phone going off right before Encore, a brief string quartet written for György Kurtág's 80th birthday. The woman answered the call. As the musicians waited, the violist tried his best, grinning, "Anyone else?" By this time an usher was glaring at the offender, who apparently didn't know how to turn off the device. After it beeped the third time, the exasperated staffer finally grabbed it, shook a finger at the woman and left, accompanied by more than a few bursts of applause.
Then during a quiet moment in Octet plus, some commotion at the back entrance caused some of us to turn around as a woman tromped heavily down the aisle (in loud shoes on wood floors) while a number of people went "Shh!" as she walked by. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who couldn't believe it when she walked all the way down to the front row and jostled her way past people to sit right smack in the middle. When the ensemble took its well-deserved curtain call, she immediately stood up and faced the audience, extending her hands and bowing along with them. At intermission, police escorted her out.