Pop tarts aren't the only ones who rely on pre-recorded audio for performances!
The superstar quartet comprised of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill reportsused a previously recorded audio tape for the broadcast of Barack Obama's inauguration ceremonies.
A mouthpiece for the inauguration committee said the weather was to blame. Uh huh!
"They were very insistent on playing live until it became clear that it would be too cold," says the rep/
Apparently, instruments don't totally stay on tune in the chilly weather.
But, people sitting up close apparently heard the musicians play, but their instruments weren't amplified.
Violinist Perlman told a reporter, "It would have been a disaster if we had done it any other way. This occasion's got to be perfect. You can't have any slip-ups."
However, the Marine Band did indeed perform live, said the inauguration committee PR person.
Guess brass instruments do better in cold weather?
[Image via AP.]