Philadelphia Orchestra Performs in Beijing on Delayed Flight [VIDEO]

Philadelphia Orchestra Performs in Beijing on Delayed Flight [VIDEO]

There are few things travellers dislike more than being stuck in an airport due to a flight delay. Except maybe being stuck in a small plane, on the tarmac, for hours on end. This was the case for passengers in Beijing earlier this week, when a flight bound for Macao was grounded on the tarmac for three hours. Luckily for the passengers, a number of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra where on board, and decided to take matters into their own hands…literally.

To entertain the passengers, a quartet with instruments on board performed an impromptu piece by Antonín Dvorak.

Thanks to Philadelphia Orchestra members Juliette Kang (violi), Daniel Han (violin), Che-Hung Chen (viola), and Yumi Kendall (cello), for sharing their talent with the world. The Philadelphia Orchestra was travelling from Beijing to Macao as part of the 2013 Residency & Fortieth Anniversary Tour of China.

ASIDE: I wonder if the crowd would have been as pleased if I had been on board with my acoustic guitar? I’ll have to remember to try this out next time and let you know.

Video courtesy of YouTube: PhilOrchestra

JP Bervoets
JP is a communication specialist working in the not-for-profit sector. He has lived and worked in Canada, the Netherlands, and South Africa, and is regularly on the road. His interests include graphic design, blogging, cycling, playing guitar, and all things food and drink. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.


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