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Quiet in the House

Friday, April 22, 2005; Page A16

In his review of Evgeny Kissin's recital [Style, April 8], staff writer Tim Page noted the disruptive noises from the audience. Some concertgoers need to be reminded that they are not mere spectators, but participants in a group event, and they contribute to a concert's success.

With cell phones, signal watches and beepers going off at concerts and the theater, it is worth remembering the admonition of conductor Leopold Stokowski, long before these things were invented:

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"A painter paints his pictures on canvas," he said. "But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence."

LARRY MATHESON

Washington


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