Tuesday, April 8, 2014

L.A. Philharmonic Pretends Not To Notice Earthquake, Beautifully.

On March 28, a 5.1 earthquake struck the Los Angeles metro area, causing widespread minor damage.
Pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet is undeterred as
the Los Angeles Philharmonic plays flawlessly
through a recent earthquake. Photo by Michael
Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times.  

The earthquake was quite a jolt, even for jaded Angelos who are used to quakes.

When the quake hit, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Charles Dutoit was performing Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe" when the quake hit.

The Philharmonic released a video, an audio recording, really with graphics explaining what happened, as the quake hit.

You can hear the jolt, the rumbling, the alarm among the audience as the quake hit.

And, the band played on. They continued to sound great.

The concert venue was the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which was built only about a decade ago, adhering to construction standards what would make the building withstand earthquakes bigger than that 5.1 wobbler.

But still, it had to be scary for the audience, some of whom ran for the exits.

The audio/video is fascinating. Watch and/or listen:

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