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The Electricity Went Out, But This Orchestra Kept Playing

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A less skilled, less coordinated group would get flustered and fumble the piece. But when the power went out (1:17 mark) at a state concert competition in Florida, the orchestra of Miami Coral Reef High School kept playing. Despite not being able to see each other or the music, they didn't miss a single beat or note. The audience erupted in applause when they finished (9:16 mark).


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ABC News 10 in Tampa reports:

When the orchestra finished the emotional Serenade Triste over seven minutes later, the audience cheered wildly.

It was then that the auditorium was evacuated and the group was not able to perform its second piece.

Dr. Lee Stone, Coral Reef's Director of Orchestras, said afterwards that two of the panel's four judges were moved to tears.

The University of Iowa judge shared his feelings on his comments sheet.

"You totally inspired me! I'm in love with the wonderful spirit of Coral reef HS Orchestra! 'Serenade Triste' is my new favorite tune. I cried in the dark as you performed w/ heart."

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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This may become an orchestral tradition, whenever "Serenade Triste" is to be performed. Decades or centuries from now, audiences the world over will wonder why the lights are always extinguished a minute and a half through the piece.
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