Video: The LA Phil plays through an earthquake

[Video Link] Here's a video (well, real audio with some graphics) of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloé during a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. It's pretty interesting to hear the gasps and murmurs of the audience followed by the lovely music continuing without a hitch.

A couple of things to note here: 
-Walt Disney Concert Hall was built only 10 years ago and is made to withstand seismic activity.
-I work for the LA Phil and had a hand in making this video.

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  1. Players gotta play.

  2. I once sat in the front row of a really bad opera about Mary Queen of Scots. It was so bad I could hear the conductor muttering things to the orchestra like, "Let's pick up the pace, I need a drink". And members of the orchestra were giggling. In spite of that they were complete professionals who kept on playing. People in rows further back never knew what was up.

    I'm starting to get the feeling professional musicians can keep going through anything. They're all in some way descendants of the guys who kept playing as the Titanic went down.

  3. Goddamn straight.

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