Audience member jumps in for sick Alondra

Alondra de la Parra fell sick in Brisbane an hour before concert time.

It so happened that local-born Dane Lam, a protégé of Kurt Masur’s, was in town. He writes:

Tonight was an extraordinary night: I jumped in at an hour’s notice for @qsorchestra Maestro series concert. I thought I was attending as an audience member when the phone call came!! It was an honour to look around at so many familiar faces of an orchestra I grew up watching: teachers, friends, colleagues, classmates. It was a pleasure to make music with you all. Also thought of dear Maestro Masur as we played a beautiful Pastorale. Bravissimi!

Wishing @alondradlp all the best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hope you’re feeling better soon.


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  • Reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon in which a man in front of big stage and audience heads says “Is there a Siegfried in the house”?

  • I always used to book front and centre at the RFH. I’d tell my companions that I could then jump up and take over if the conductor had a heart attack. It was pure Walter Mitty, but one asked me quite seriously “Would you really?”

  • Really enjoyed the concert in spite of the difficulties. Congratulations to Dane Lam, Nemanja Radulovic, and the orchestra. Ultimate professionalism.

  • Big kudos to Dane Lam and also to Namanja Radulovic who performed Tchaik concerto unconducted on such short notice and with so much trust in the orchestra.

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