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28 February 2019, 22:14
When it’s your conductor’s birthday and you’ve got a concert, there’s only one thing to do.
29-year-old Lahav Shani is an accomplished Israeli pianist and the chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
In this video, he was expecting to conduct Strauss’s Radetzky March at a New Year’s Concert for 2,100 people.
That day 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:
This is what happened when everyone in the audience decided to join in:
It seems Lahav was pretty pleased with the surprise...
Here’s the Vienna Philharmonic playing the actual Radetzky March, by Johann Strauss I.
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