Technical Difficulty: Berlin Philharmonie's Schuke Organ Breaks on Cameron Carpenter During 'Organist in Residency' Program
Bad tidings surrounded an unsuspecting Cameron Carpenter during his season opening performance for the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany. With a nearly full hall, the Philharmonie's Schuke organ broke and kept a note perpetually sounding.
It was a performance to kick off the organ season for the third year in a row, which Carpenter is denoted as "organist in residence." The show was supposed to be chock full of Bach but when a key broke and a note refused to halt, the organist was forced to leave the stage.
But not after accepting a resounding applause. Other than the note, Carpenter's skills are unrivaled and make for a great performance I'm sure. However, the note was so insufferable, patrons were running from the hall with theirs hands cupped over their ears.
Per a release, an announcement was made that the problem was irreparable and that the musician would have to continue the performance on the piano rather than end the concert.
A Steinway D, the switch may not have been so bad. He continued with Chopin's Etude in C# Minor, selections from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, a work from Medtner, Grainger's Handel in the Strant and various others.
We feel for you, Cameron, and hopefully the residency won't be hindered further.
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