CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

BY LAWRENCE A. JOHNSON

As if the pressure of performing isn’t intense enough, the pitfalls of touring and tight scheduling can provide an extra jolt of cardio stimulation for musicians and presenters alike.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was slated to open the 72nd season for the University of Chicago Presents series Friday night at Mandel Hall. Yet the eight musicians, who flew into O’Hare the same afternoon, got stranded for hours at the airport when their rental car company had a computer meltdown. Fortunately, all was resolved and they arrived in Hyde Park in time, just ten minutes  before the preconcert chat. It’s a testament to the musicians’ talent and professionalism that they played so well, even with the last-minute logistical drama.

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