Anyway, it was great fun to sit together as a family around the TV and follow along with all the pomp and ceremony unfolding before us. One unexpected musical performance was an arrangement of Simple Gifts set by John Williams for some of the finest musicians in the world: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill. The performance was exquisite, and so was the writing. It was so artistically refreshing and so nice that the American people were subjected to such fine art! (music snob alert). I was SO impressed by the musicianship in the 20 degree weather! Amazing. Perhaps the elegance of the performance was magnified by the whatever-that-was that proceeded it in Aretha Franklin.
A couple of days ago, a freind informed me that in fact, the performance we heard was not what was played while we watched. What we heard was previously recorded. This explains why these classical musicians were using in ear monitors. I wondered why they couldn't hear each other, sitting so closely. Turns out, they were playing along to themselves. They were bow-synching.
I was devastated.
Here's a CNN report of the Yo-Yo-Vanilli scandal.