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STOP THE MUSIC

Western New Yorkers' dawning awareness of the rudeness of many concert and theater audiences got another kick in the pants last Saturday evening when Semyon Bychkov interrupted a concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic to chide the audience for all its coughing during the famous Largo movement of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. He then repeated the Largo "for those who couldn't hear it the first time." With that action, Bychkov was putting the orchestra's money on the line, as well, because it meant overtime pay for 87 musicians. Gusto's Nov. 18 cover story on noisy audiences stimulated wide discussion of this subject. (See sampling of letters on Pages 42 and 43.) Bychkov's actions assured that the problem will remain in our minds until it is cured.

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