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Symphony Orchestra Plays On as Fistfight Breaks Out in Audience

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Probably the most unlikely of places for a brawl, a fistfight broke out between two patrons over seats during a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As the two men fought it out, the conductor never stopped the performance — even as some of the attendees made for the exit.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, a man in his 30′s started punching a 67-year-old man inside one of private boxes, usually reserved for the refined elite among the already classy audience. The argument that led to the fight was over seats in the box, and considering the high price tag attached to the seats, usually come reserved. Shocked concert-goers near got out of dodge in fear of their safety.

Conductor Riccardo Muti never stopped waving his stick, instead, instructed his orchestra to continue playing. Come to think of it, we can’t think of a better type of music to throw punches to than classical music.

Maybe the Benny Hill theme. It’s a tough call.

[Via Chicago Sun Times]

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