Crowd-Surfing Scientist Kicked Out of Classical Concert
I wasn't drunk, just American, he says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2014 2:09 AM CDT
The Old Vic in Bristol, England.   (Wikipedia/Rob Brewer)

(Newser) – The audience at a classical music concert in the UK was urged to loosen up a bit—but an American scientist who loosened up so much he attempted to crowd-surf ended up being ejected by his fellow classical music fans. During the "Hallelujah Chorus," Dr. David Glowacki, a leading expert in chemical reaction dynamics, had a dynamic reaction of his own to the music and was seen lurching from side to side with his hands in the air before the effort to crowd-surf at the Bristol Old Vic, the New York Daily News reports.

"Classical music, trying to seem cool and less stuffy, reeks of some sort of fossilized art form undergoing a midlife crisis," the academic tells the Independent, complaining that he was assaulted by "classical vigilantes" and hauled out of the theater. He denies being drunk, saying, "This may be a consequence of me being American, but I can quite easily be provocative without the need to be inebriated." The concert's director says the academic "got very over-excited" and was "investigating what the nature of the rules are using the skills that make him an extraordinary scientist—and for some in the audience, a slightly irritating one." He says this is the first such incident at a classical concert since the 18th-century—no word on who was trying to crowd-surf back then.

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InsomniacRyan
Jun 23, 2014 6:16 PM CDT
"Crowd-Surfing Scientist Kicked Out of Classical Concert" Sorta sounds like an Onion headline.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 23, 2014 6:07 PM CDT
I always love the obligatory a$$shards who think they are smarter than anybody else and they stand during, Halleluiah chorus. They don't know most maestros don't like that and it detracts from the experience and blows the enjoyment for the rest of the audience. Add to the fact its not a sign of reverence for Christ but that the King was tired and decided to stand to stretch his legs. So people who just stand like brainless automatons are perpetuating bad habits and pious arrogance.
baldpirate
Jun 23, 2014 11:13 AM CDT
DAMN - just when he was getting ready to MOSH to Beethoven's 5th!!!!