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Stuck on China tarmac, Pa. orchestra plays concert


June 07. 2013 4:41PM
Associated Press

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(AP) A string quartet from The Philadelphia Orchestra made a lengthy flight delay quite enjoyable for a plane full of lucky passengers in China.


Two violinists, a cellist and a viola player were aboard a flight that was delayed for three hours on the tarmac in Beijing on Friday. They took out their instruments and played an impromptu concert for the appreciative if captive audience. Several passengers whipped out smartphones and began recording as the orchestra played a selection from Dvorak's "American" string quartet.


The instrumentalists were greeted with cheers and applause as they wrapped up their five-and-a-half-minute performance.


A video of the quickie concert was posted online.


The ensemble recently launched a tour of China, 40 years after it became the first U.S. orchestra to visit the country.


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Online:


Video of concert aboard plane: http://bit.ly/195BrrC


Associated Press


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