CHICAGO, Ill. (KMOX) — Certainly it wouldn’t happen in St. Louis, but in the second movement of Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the normally staid Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a fistfight broke out between two people in the audience.
Concert-goers at Orchestra Hall were all the more stunned Thursday because the two men were fighting in one of the boxes where the well-to-do normally sit in decorous self-restraint.
CBS Chicago reported Saturday that the ruckus began when a man in his 30s started punching a 67-year-old man.
“We heard a rather loud thump,” said Steve Robinson, general manager of Chicago’s classical and folk music station 98.7 WFMT, who was at the performance. “It wasn’t so loud that everyone jumped up and ran for the exits.”
Police say the two were arguing over seats. The older man had a cut on his forehead; the other left before officers arrived.
The concert continued during the fight. Patrons did say Music Director Riccardo Muti did give the men a dirty look as he continued on with the third movement.
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