All eyes were transfixed on an orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Fifth symphony in Los Angeles on Friday when a concertgoer suddenly let out a ‘full body orgasm’.
The loud scream is said to have suddenly erupted from the balcony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall where there was a packed crowd.
Audience members then turned to where the noise had come from and there was a woman sitting next to her partner trying to catch her breath, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Multiple attendees reported they had heard someone moan during the symphony’s second movement, sparking a fierce debate online over the reason.
A concertgoer let out a ‘full body orgasm’ while listening to a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth symphony in front of a packed crowd at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday
Multiple attendees of the performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (pictured) reported they had heard someone moan during the symphony’s second movement
An audio clip of the moment- where someone is heard screaming out during a quiet period in the performance – has gone viral on social media.
And the orchestra carries on as normal without missing a single beat following the loud moan.
Magnus Fiennes, a British composer, music producer and brother of actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes – witnessed the scream during the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s performance and wrote about it on Twitter.
He said: ‘A woman in the audience had loud and full body orgasm during the 5th’s second movement… Band politely carried on.
‘Props to LAPhil (and Pytor Ilyich) for bringing it on….’
And Molly Grant was enjoying the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s performance when she was startled by the loud noise. ‘Everyone kind of turned to see what was happening,’ she told the Los Angeles Times.
‘I saw the girl after it had happened, and I assume that she … had an orgasm because she was heavily breathing, and her partner was smiling and looking at her — like in an effort to not shame her.’
Friends of Jocelyn Silver who went to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday told her about the apparent orgasm and she tweeted: ‘Friends who went to the LA philharmonic last night are reporting that in the middle of the show some lady had a SCREAMING orgasm, to the point where the whole orchestra stopped playing.
‘Some people really know how to live…’
The orchestra carried on as normal without missing a single beat following the noise
An audio clip of the moment- where someone is heard screaming out during a quiet period in the performance- has gone viral on social media
The incident has sparked plenty of discussion on social media
Lukas Burton, a Silver Lake resident and music agent, enjoyed the loud scream from the audience member and said it was ‘wonderfully timed’ to a ‘romantic swell’ in the symphony.
He said: ‘One can’t know exactly what happened, but it seemed very clear from the sound that it was an expression of pure physical joy.
‘A sort of classical-music equivalent of that scene in a movie where someone is talking loudly in a party or a nightclub, and then the record suddenly stops and they say something that everyone hears.’
He described the outburst during the orchestra performance as ‘rather wonderful and refreshing’.
Burton added: ‘There was a sort of gasp in the audience. But I think everyone felt that was a rather lovely expression of somebody who was so transported by the music that it had some kind of effect on them physically or, dare I say, even sexually.’
However, others weren’t convinced that the woman had an orgasm.
Replying to Fiennes on Twitter, one user wrote: I was there. This is not what happened. The poor woman had a breakdown of some sort. Speaking to Elim after the concert (we are friends since out time together at U of M) and we were all worried it was a medical emergency. Please have more respect.’
But Fiennes hit back, saying he had eight other friends attending who ‘all had reached a similar conclusion.’
He added: ‘She remained for the rest of the show, Her demeanour was in evidence. My corroborated take is merely an observation. Respect maintained.’
The performance was led by conductor Elim Chan and it featured Thomas Ades’s composition ‘Concentric Paths’ Violin Concerto.
The LA Philharmonic has published program notes on its website to describe the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony.
It reads: ‘The …luscious main theme was adapted for a popular love song; Tchaikovsky’s skillful orchestration, however, lifts the mood from sentimentality to high Romanticism. The movement’s principal melody is presented in a memorable solo by the horn, followed by other appealing woodwind solos.’