Former Prime Minister Hosts Impromptu Cello Concert at 35,000 Feet

Sometimes wonderful, unlikely, and very surprising things happen in this world. Take, for instance, this Air Canada flight report from early last week:


Impromptu cello performance at 35,000 fleet onboard AC32 by Canadian cellist Stéphane Tétreault.  Customers onboard flight AC32 from Beijing to Toronto last week were treated to an improptu solo cello performance at 35,000 feet by rising Canadian cellist Stéphane Tétreault.
Mid-flight, a familiar voice on the PA system announced that a young cellist was onboard the flight and that he would play a concert, requesting anyone interested in listening to come to the area around row 50. That familiar voice making the announcement was none other that The Right Honourable Jean Chretien, former Prime Minister of Canada!
Anna Buchnea, General Manager, Air Canada Sales Communication and Support who was onboard the flight reported that reaction from the passengers was one of amazement as Stéphane proceeded to play several Bach pieces, making a memorable flight for all!


One intrepid blogger, Jorga, even snapped a picture of the unlikely occasion.

Stéphane Tétreault, 18 years old, is the First Prize winner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition as well as semi-finalist at both the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition and the 2009 Johansen International String Competition.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Montreal.

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