Ray Chen Breaks a String and Keeps His Cool
It's every musician's worst nightmare, but violinist Ray Chen had it handled. Also in this roundup, a reversed piano, a sugarplum fairy, and a tiny, tiny violin.
2. Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" delights us every year. Here's a new animated video set to the "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy":
3. And speaking of Tchaikovsky, keen-eared listeners found a stunning homage to the music of "Swan Lake"... in the last track on ABBA's new album!
4. Luthier Maria Sandner became an internet sensation for making tiny, perfectly-to-scale violins. Now, thanks to her appearance on "Spain's Got Talent," we know her violins are playable, too:
5. What does a piano sound like if you reverse the order of its keys? Pianist Oliver Street tried it:
6. Venezuelan musicians recently set out to break the record for the world's largest orchestra (currently set at 8,097 people playing simultaneously). The rules: no sharing instruments, and they must be directed by a professional. Read about their attempt and see photos in the Washington Post.
7. What do you do when you're a star violinist, and your instrument's strings break — onstage?! Well, you keep your cool, and you act fast, like Ray Chen and the Seattle Symphony did earlier this month. Watch what happens around the 19-second mark: