Wanna Perform Rach3 on a Half Day's Notice?
Here's an amazing story.
Louis Lortie was to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto on three consecutive nights. At 6pm, just before the second performance, he called his manager to tell that he had crippling pain in his right hand that made it impossible for him to play.
Carlos Kalmar, the symphony's conductor, heard about the crisis when he wrapped up his preconcert talk 30 minutes before curtain. They had to choose a new program, distribute the scores and perform to a 2,300 person audience - cold.
The next day they found a replacement pianist for the 3rd concert date. Yakov Kasman hadn't played the piece since March, and he was in Alabama. The concert was in Portland. The plane would leave in 90 minutes. Talk about pressure!
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