Inaugural Quartet's Music Recorded

Associated Press
Friday, January 23, 2009

The dulcet tones played by a quartet of celebrated musicians at President Obama's inauguration were recorded.

Carole Florman, a spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, says the weather was too cold for the instruments to stay in tune. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill made the decision on Inauguration Day to use an audiotape of their performance that they had recorded two days earlier.

Florman says the musicians were "very insistent on playing live until it became clear that it would be too cold," making it impossible for the instruments to hold tune. People sitting nearby could hear the musicians play, but their instruments were not amplified.

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