One of the things that sucks about being a classical musician these days is that your performances frequently get interrupted by ringing cellphones. Unlike other genres of music, classical music thrives on its arrival out of silence, and these moments of transport are the most susceptible to electronic interruption.
What I love about this video is not just Christian Zacharias' thoughts on music and silence, but that the Göteborgs Symfoniker was wise enough to use this story as a marketable moment. One of the things that the orchestral experience can create is precisely the type of art that thrives in intimate silence that urban life cannot otherwise provide.
(Via Elaine Fine)