Blue-faced Beethoven and sacrificial pigeons

To: michael hunter <>
Subject: Blue-faced Beethoven and sacrificial pigeons
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 19:26:39 +1000

On 03-12-2007, at 3:41 PM, michael hunter wrote:

As part of the annual Huntington Estate Music Festival, a prodigy pianist from New York was playing a Beethoven Sonata in E flat major on a Steinway Grand in an otherwise hushed winery cum concerthall. Very loud and clear, the alarm call of a Blue-faced Honeyeater repeatedly interrupted at critical moments, until chased away by the winemaker throwing stones. The pianist appeared unfazed. A regular attendee noted that this happened every
year, but only when piano movements in E flat major were playing.(?)

Am I the only one who finds this reprehensible? Chucking rocks at a poor bird distressed by the event seems to me to only double the damage the event is doing to the animal. I think that if you want to put on a music event in the outdoors, I expect that you just have to put up with nature not "co-operating". If they can't handle that, the organisers should try a concert hall.


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