Orchestra pranks their conductor on his birthday in the BEST way

9 January 2018, 14:02

When it’s your conductor’s birthday and you’ve got a concert, there’s only one thing to do.

28-year-old Lahav Shani is the future chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and yesterday, he was expecting to conduct Strauss’s Radetzky March at a New Year’s Concert for 2,100 people.

Yesterday also happened to be Lahav’s 29th birthday, so his orchestra decided to surprise him with a very sweet, unexpected blast of ‘Happy Birthday’.

Here’s the conductor’s face when he realised they weren’t playing Strauss:

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This is what happened when everyone in the audience decided to join in:

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It seems Lahav was pretty pleased with the surprise...

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Awww.

Here’s the Vienna Philharmonic playing the actual Radetzky March, by Johann Strauss I.

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