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Audience Member Snoozes In A Concert, Hilariously Awakes With A Scream And The Orchestra’s Reaction Is The Best
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Audience Member Snoozes In A Concert, Hilariously Awakes With A Scream And The Orchestra’s Reaction Is The Best

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For many people, classical music is the preferred choice when it’s time to relax, read or sleep. The long, ornate compositions are certainly conducive to sleep in particular, as this woman at a concert by the North State Symphony in California found out with hilarious results.

Performing the piece ‘The Firebird‘ by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, the orchestra had apparently lulled the woman to sleep during its slower, softer parts. Suddenly however, the piece springs to life with a dramatic flourish of drum and violin, shocking the snoozing women into waking up with a loud yelp which was heard across the concert hall.

The musicians took it all in their stride, not missing a beat. Audience and musicians alike found the incident highly amusing, laughing at the sudden interruption. Something like this would be frowned upon as rude and disrespectful in many concert halls across the world, and while embarrassing for the dozing dame, it was lucky for her that the incident was taken in good humour.

The ethics of falling asleep at a concert are open to discussion, do you think this is disrespectful to the musicians or is it a natural reaction to the soothing nature of the music? Whatever you think, maybe grab a coffee before your next trip to the theatre if you don’t want to get caught out like this woman did.

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    The North State Symphony Were Performing ‘The Firebird’ by Stravinsky at a theatre in California

    Image credits: North State Symphony

    And while transitioning from soothing, soft tones into a dramatic flourish, the orchestra shocked this dozing dame to awake with an audible yelp

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    James is a Bored Panda reporter who graduated with a BA in Peace And Conflict Studies and an MA in African Affairs. Before Bored Panda, he was an English teacher and also travelled a lot, doing odd jobs from beer-slinging to brickie's labourer and freelance journalism along the way. James loves covering stories about social and environmental issues and prefers to highlight the positive things that unite us, rather than petty internet squabbles about fictional characters. James is the grumpy, contradictory one who thinks that Bored Panda, due to its large audience, has a social responsibility to inspire and inform its readers with interesting issues and entertaining, well-researched stories. Let's do our bit to make our little corner of the internet a smarter, more truthful and less angry place!

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    Connie Martin
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    It would be proper to include the name of the conductor in this post. The conductor is pretty much the star of an orchestral concert (along with any soloists). Plus, this one's hot.

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    Israel Martinez
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    If you click on the title at the top of the video (Stravinsky Firebird SCREAM), YouTube will open to the conductor's (Scott Seaton) page ...

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    Zori the degu
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I'm the same when a boring teacher tries to explain even more boring lesson. It's so soothing and relaxing to listen to him/her. I start snoozing, drift of to some sort of dreamy nap... "How far did you get with the task?" -I'm awoken with a start by the teacher, breathing in my shoulder with the clear intension to shorten my life span with at least 5 years.

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    Agnes Jekyll
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I student fell asleep in my class, so I yelled "Vagina!" He woke up immediately.

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    Laura Rudgers
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I think the orchestra's response was perfect - they kept playing. I have fallen asleep at live classical concerts - if the music is that soothing, and you dozed off, I think that is a compliment!

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    Connie Martin
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    It would be proper to include the name of the conductor in this post. The conductor is pretty much the star of an orchestral concert (along with any soloists). Plus, this one's hot.

    princedibbs avatar
    Israel Martinez
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    If you click on the title at the top of the video (Stravinsky Firebird SCREAM), YouTube will open to the conductor's (Scott Seaton) page ...

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    Zori the degu
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I'm the same when a boring teacher tries to explain even more boring lesson. It's so soothing and relaxing to listen to him/her. I start snoozing, drift of to some sort of dreamy nap... "How far did you get with the task?" -I'm awoken with a start by the teacher, breathing in my shoulder with the clear intension to shorten my life span with at least 5 years.

    leannemariedantoni avatar
    Agnes Jekyll
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I student fell asleep in my class, so I yelled "Vagina!" He woke up immediately.

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    Laura Rudgers
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I think the orchestra's response was perfect - they kept playing. I have fallen asleep at live classical concerts - if the music is that soothing, and you dozed off, I think that is a compliment!

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