It has been a hair-raising weekend at the Seattle Symph.
Soprano Jane Archibald fell sick and there was no-one within reach to take over Messiaen’s Poème pour Mi, which had to be scrapped.
A chorus member volunteered to step up for the other part of the program, which was Fauré’s Requiem.
But what to do about the Messiaen-shaped hole?
Conductor Ludovic Morlot called for Ravel La Valse.
Or a permanent concertmaster.
The apprehension in the orch was, we hear, ‘pretty intense’.
But Emma McGrath in the #1 seat took the change in her stride and the substitute work proved highly effective.
Do not try this at home.