Scientist Ejected from Classical Music Concert for Attempting to Crowd-Surf

Dr. David Glowacki is a chemistry professor at the University of Bristol (UK). He's an expert on “computational simulation of classical and quantum reaction dynamics” and the “non-equilibrium statistical mechanics & energy transfer,” among other topics. So this kind of behavior should not be unexpected.

He attended a performance of Handel's "Messiah." Departing from the norms of classical orchestral etiquette, Tom Morris, the director, invited members of the audience to "clap and woof" as they felt inspired by the music. Dr. Glowaki, alas, went a bit too far with this freedom. The Independent reports:

But Dr Glowacki, a Royal Society Research Fellow, was so overcome during the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ he began lurching from side to side with his hands raised and whooping before attempting to crowd-surf, witnesses claimed.

Irritated by the distraction, audience members proceeded to physically eject the Bristol University academic from the area, in what Mr Morris claims is the first such incident at a classical concert since the 18th century.

Some ticket holders are now urging Mr Morris to set clearer guidelines for acceptable behaviour but the director is unwilling to re-impose the strict rules of etiquette which he has sought to cast off.

-via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: David Glowaki


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