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The mistake that came back 15 years later

Posted at 9:15 AM on October 30, 2013 by Rex Levang

Here's a story that's made the internet rounds in a big way in the last few days.. The wonderful Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires is about to play a Mozart concerto--only to realize, when the orchestra begins playing, that the concerto they're playing is a different one than she was expecting. The reactions captured on video---uncertainty, collegial support, and finally, total professionalism--are worth savoring.

Here's commentary from The Telegraph--and reaction from pianist and blogger Stephen Hough.

But here's the thing. It looks as though the event that provoked all this commentary actually happened in 1998.

But maybe the power of the internet to recycle and retell stories from the past has made this timely, all over again?