Video: Cellist Serenades Airplane Cabin at 39,000 Feet

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 08:39 PM

After several stories of run-ins involving cellists and airlines this year, now comes a more harmonious tale.

The cellist Ian Maksin was on an American Airlines flight from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale when he got out his instrument and began playing for the first-class cabin. The Manhattan School of Music graduate seemed unfazed even when the captain got on the P.A. and alerted passengers to buckle up ahead of some turbulence.

Watch the video below, revealed Sunday on Norman Lebrecht's Slipped Disc blog.


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Comments [7]

Michelle from Brooklyn

Agreed, Grey from NY. Unless there was some valid logistical reason, the first-class aspect of the story negates the feel-good aim of it.

Apr. 24 2013 08:53 AM
petty from new jersey

mission accomplished !!!

Apr. 22 2013 05:52 PM
david opasik from Stuart Florida

I was fortunate to experience Ian Maksin with Ani Gogova in Stuart Florida at the Blake library concert after the airline impromtu. What a magical time it was and the vibrations from the pieces played still reverberate in my brain. It was one that will never be forgotten. Thanks to IAN&ANI for their Tango Plus.

Apr. 22 2013 01:17 PM
Jimmy in Brooklyn from down by the tracks under the BQE

One time flying coach from Newark to Texabama me and uncle Gramps busted out the ol' jug and washboard. Turned into a real hootenanny, with folks woopin' and throwin' peanuts and neck pillows and right carryin' on! Just up until a air marshal told us SHUT IT DOWN or he gonna have the plane landed at the next regional airstrip and haul us off to the county slammer, probly in Montucky or some such godfersaken place.

Apr. 22 2013 12:29 PM
Dirk from LES

Apr. 22 2013 08:21 AM
Frank from UWS

Yes, we just need some champaign corks popping and caviar spread to round out the first-class experience.

Apr. 22 2013 07:27 AM
Grey from NY

Ah, how nice. Reinforcing the elitist realm of classical music.

Apr. 22 2013 06:17 AM

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