Obama inauguration music was taped, not live

Musicians say it was too cold for instruments to stay in tune

Some of the music played at US President Barack Obama‘s inauguration ceremony on Tuesday (January 20) was taped, not live.

The decision was reportedly made to play a recorded version of John Williams‘ piece ‘Air And Simple Gifts’ when the musicians determined that the Washingon DC weather was too cold for the instruments to stay in tune.

“They were very insistent on playing live until it became clear that it would be too cold,” Inaugural Ceremony organiser Carole Florman told the Associated Press.

The piece appeared to be performed live by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill, but the televised broadcast featured the recorded version, as did the performance heard through the speakers at the inauguration ceremony.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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