Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Leonard Slatkin

After a performance of Ravel's Bolero, the conductor turned to address the audience, saying:

"For the first time I'd like to invite you to turn [on] your cellphones for a change, and cross the stage's barrier by capturing this moment and posting your photos to your favourite social media channels."

The orchestra then posted on Facebook: 


Spokesperson for the orchestra Gabrielle Poshadlo told the LA Times that it's not the first time concert phone photography has happened with the Detroit Symphony: "Pictures of its performances have been popping up online, so we know people are doing it. It’s never caused a disruption."

The news comes after a wave of increased interactivity between conductors and audiences, most notably Michael Tilson Thomas throwing cough sweets into a crowd during a San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Concert.