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A concert grand piano plunged from the stage to the floor just 90 minutes before pianist Stefan Vladar was due to play a Brahms concerto on it.
Look at the absolute horror of this
This very distressing picture was posted to Facebook by pianist Iva Návratová on Saturday as preparations for an orchestral concert in Frickingen, Germany.
It makes us feel like this:
What in the holy name of Bösendorfer happened?!
This is how Iva describes the incident:
But it’s OK, guys
Stefan Vladar reportedly was able to perform the Brahms concerto on the piano. The damage was mostly external: it’ll need a new lid and perhaps some tweaking inside. It’s a Steinway piano, which means it’s exceptionally hardy. Here’s the list of damages: