During the performance something happened that I have NEVER seen in all of my performing career!! Every time I am playing with a choir on risers the conductor always gives the speech "Bend your knees, wiggle your toes. We don't want anyone passing out." I have heard that speech so many times and never actually believed that it happened. Well I am now here to tell everyone ... it does indeed happen!
The baton is up and we are ready to play our last movement "The Hallelujah Chorus" and a girl on the third riser up passes out and knocks a lady in front of her off the stage and into the orchestra. Initially it looked like the woman had just tripped and fell off the stage onto the cello player and over two stands, but then we looked back at the lifeless body hanging upside down on the riser and realized that she was hit from behind by a dead weight.
Don't worry ... all instruments and people survived the incident and then we performed the Hallelujah Chorus. It kind of killed the moment, but what can you do?