More on the whole booing issue, I ran across this wonderful suggestion from oboist Patricia Mitchell’s blog, oboeinsight:
Anyway, if the audience wants to boo, fine.
May we boo back when they are annoying? 😉
It made me remember an old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs is the featured piano soloist performing Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody.
Right before Bugs begins to play, there’s a patron who keeps interrupting his concentration by coughing. After waiting politely for a few seconds Bug’s ultimate solution is to promptly pull a revolver out of his tux jacket and “silence” the offending patron himself.
The funny thing is that no one in the audience seemed to mind how bugs took care of the problem.