Nearly eight weeks out, and the London Symphony Orchestra has already performed at the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic Games. How can something that is scheduled for July 27th, 2012, already have happened? The LSO, apparently under great protest from its musicians and opening ceremonies artistic director Danny Boyle, recently pre-recorded their performance and will fake it and play the tape on the actual day of the opening ceremonies.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) made the decision, citing Britain’s unpredictable weather and less-than-stellar acoustics at the stadium as the primary reasons. “This is standard practice for an event of this scale,” a spokesperson said in a statement, “and the performers have no issue with it.”
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