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28 February 2014, 10:25
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.
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.