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Classical Fans Weather a Rainy Night

Posted Aug 04, 2009 at 11:46 PM in Classical, Behind The Scenes, Pictures

A sudden downpour made for a memorable night on the Britt hill this past Saturday. Soloist Anton Nel and the Britt Orchestra were in the early moments of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 when the rain started falling hard. The music stopped temporarily, and the audience took shelter wherever they could find it. Maestro Peter Bay invited audience members to come sit on the dry stage. While the rain poured, Nel spontaneously played his encore pieces first. Eventually the storm abated, and the orchestra was able to continue with the concert. The audience was invited to stay where they were, and many patrons had the rare Britt experience of sitting on stage with the performers. This YouTube video shows the story. Afterwards, Nel told Executive Director Angela Warren, “It was certainly my most unusual concert experience ever.”

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