Originally posted by sonhouse
I'ts like, 'my life flashes before my eyes, my reputation is shot, I'm ruined', then memory takes over and she plays it flawlessly
Clearly a rehearsal, fortunately for her
And the conductor! Nonplussed, You'll be fine
I wonder if anyone in the audience sussed out what was going on?
According to some comments on the site, not a rehearsal, but just a very relaxed and informal sort of concert.
Which might explain why she was prepared to do it without a rehearsal. But that still seems a bit odd to me.
But if it was a rehearsal, you would just stop and regroup. No need to keep ploughing on.
This brings to mind my worst ever orchestral moment.
My school had agreed to provide the orchestra for a concert including an Act from Dido and Aeneas (don't know why, ghastly piece). Very public, big audience. So we had rehearsed it a lot. I was about 14 at the time.
On the day, we turned up in Guildford only to be told that the conductor had rehearsed the wrong act. We only had the normal rehearsal time available, so were having to sight read.
Had we been at our school, everything would have been OK, as we would just have shipped in all the teachers to take the lead parts. But they hadn't come. It is also the kind of piece where the orchestra has to be very responsive to what the singers are doing.
We were only saved from a complete humiliation by the fact that, purely by coincidence, we had three violinists who went on to professional careers.
However, it still makes me shudder.
(Edit: just searched forums for Dido and Aeneas, and I think I will be in trouble with scacc for my comments on the piece)