Following a flurry of recent blogging on the topic of cell phones in concert halls (here, here and here) I thought I’d share a technique I used last year at the opening concert of Watson Chamber Music Hall. I came out on stage to make some introductory remarks. I then pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and said: “I just want everyone to know that I have one, too. And I’m turning mine off!”

General laughter, no offense, and everyone who had forgotten to do so quickly pulled their cellular umbilicals out and disconnected.

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