This conductor is pantsmain
Our video analysts have now subjected to frame by frame scrutiny the incident in which conductor Muhai Tang lost his trousers during a brilliant concert with the La Scala orchestra in Milan.
Muhai Tang, 70, has had a hitherto upstanding career with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Flanders (1991-95), the Queensland Symphony (1991-2001), Finnish National Opera (2003-06) and Belgrade Philharmonic (2010-15).
The concert, marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese revolution, was built around the Butterfly Lovers concerto and a seventh symphony by the Chinese composer, Ye Xiaogang.
We are unable to identify which piece of music it was that brought the pants down.
All we can see is that Tang, for some reason, got down from his podium to conduct at floor level when the waistband gave way.
The players, who are delivering a consistent forte, keep their eyes firmly on the score – all apart from the second concertmaster who, after a look of shock and horror, leans forward to turn a page and almost corpses in a fit of giggles.
Do not practice this at home.
UPDATE: Hang on, it looks like he’s a bit accident prone.