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International soloist throws up. Student steps up and steals the show.

Don’t you just love it when this happens?

The Louisiana Philharmonic were about to play Aaron Copland’s clarinet concerto when the Spanish soloist Jose Franch-Ballester fell prey to a violent stomach bug. Up steps the orchestra’s principal clarinet on the night – Juilliard student Christopher Pell, 21 – and gives a blinding performance. Read all about it here.


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image: LPO

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  1. Sam McElroy says:

    He played beautifully the week before, too, in Rachmaninov Symphony No.2. This is a wonderful orchestra, and Carlos Miguel is exactly what the classical world needs!

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