I've been getting a lot of questions about the mishap at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's concert Thursday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Near the end of Stephen Dankner's The World of Yesterday, the NSO under guest conductor Klauspeter Seibel came to a screeching halt. After a few awkward seconds of silence and fumbling around, the orchestra got back on track and played the piece to a brilliant conclusion. What happened? Apparently, a percussionist missed a critical cue, which brought the whole performance to a stop. More importantly, though, is what didn't happen: Seibel and the rest of the orchestra didn't mess up. That's why they were able to recover so quickly and end brilliantly.
The NSO will play Dankner's lovely neo-Romantic work again Friday and Saturday night, and you can be sure there will no mistakes this time around (or else heads will likely roll). You should go and and listen to it politely, and also clap for the Mozart flute and harp concerto, and then get down to the serious business of the night—listening to Mahler's Symphony No. 4. Here's where you can get tickets.