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Classical Notes: May 10, 2007 Archive

Pugilists at Pops

Posted at 10:49 AM on May 10, 2007 by Don Lee

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's usually sedate Symphony Hall looked a little like pro wrestling's "SmackDown" last night. The opening night Boston Pops concert, featuring singer-songwriter Ben Folds, was interrupted by a fight in the balcony.

Television video of the fight Wednesday night showed two men struggling in the balcony--one with his shirt pulled off--as several people stood around them and the orchestra performed a medley from the movie "Gigi."

Conductor Keith Lockhart briefly halted the performance while the men were escorted out.

Witnesses said they heard a scream from the balcony, and the sound of chairs falling, then a second scream as the fight escalated.

"The first time there was a scream, Keith looked up that way but he kept going," audience member June MacIndoe told Boston's WHDH-TV. "Then about a minute and a half later ... there was a big scream and you could hear chairs falling over and you could see them up there, fists going."

At that point, Lockhart stopped the performance for a couple of minutes, she said. "He just stood there, you know, quiet."

The concert resumed with Ben Folds later performing.

Boston police spokesman David Estrada said police officers on security detail at the hall escorted the men off the property, and no charges were filed. No injuries were reported, he said.

A Boston Symphony spokeswoman did not return a call for comment.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Upon further investigation beneath the chairs of the combatants, CSI Boston will no doubt find a well crinkled candy wrapper.

Pieces of Spring No. 9

Posted at 2:48 PM on May 10, 2007 by John Birge

Welcome May, and Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Pieces of Spring.

Every day, we'll play a springtime classic. Visit our online playlist to find each day's spring piece or, in the Twin Cities, listen to 99.5 every morning at 8. Enter the correct title here, and you have another chance to win fresh flowers delivered to your door for a year! Check back here every day to see if you got it right.

Yesterday's piece was Robert Schumann's song "In the Beautiful Month of May."

“In the Beautiful Month of May” is one of 168 poems set to music by Schumann in 1840. It’s the first of sixteen songs in a collection titled Dichterliebe, “A Poet’s Love,” and represents both the beginning of a new year and a new love. For Schumann, it also represented the end of emotional turmoil in his life, and the beginning of his marriage to Clara Wieck.

In the wonderfully beautiful month of May
When all the buds are bursting open,
There, from my own heart,
Bursts forth my own love.

In the wonderfully beautiful month of May
When all the birds are singing,
So have I confessed to her
My yearning and my longing.