Video: Orch musicians start playing on delayed US flight

Video: Orch musicians start playing on delayed US flight


norman lebrecht

February 10, 2015

Four Grammy-winning members of the Seattle Symphony, on their way to Palm Springs, suffered a disagreeable setback when the Alaska Air plane turned around and was sent back to gate.

To keep their fellow-passengers happy, the four – violinists Mikhail Shmidt and Elisa Barston, violist Susan Gulkis Assadi and cellest Walter Gray – got out their instruments and played a quartet movement. The flight soon got lift-off.

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  • Rgiarola says:

    I could record with my camera, since I was at this fly. Unfortunatelly due to copy, image rights etc blablablá I cannot issue it at Youtube or any other similar platform. That’s ok, It will die with me, only.

  • Brian says:

    Landscape mode people – not portrait mode – when filming on your camera. Sigh…

  • Peter Lovett says:

    At least they had their instruments with them rather than being destroyed in the baggage hold. Tick one for Alaska Air.

  • Alistair Hinton says:

    Agreed with Peter Lovett!

    The logistics in terms of space to do this must have been quite challenging in economy; in the light of their spontaneous generosity, should they perhaps have been upgraded to first class?

    The video should be published (subject to the permission of the quartet; just give it the title Flightless in Seattle and it would go viral!