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andurbfifmfodnwusbd

I love it how he knows what’s happening within like 1.5 seconds of the music starting.


AgnosticMantis

He realised when they'd started the song quicker than I did and I read the ducking title.


andurbfifmfodnwusbd

Yep, that was kind of my point I guess, he obviously is very knowledgeable with regard to music and he seems to know it’s the happy birthday song before my smooth brain could even start to process it.


burgersnwings

They're probably performing a piece they'd practiced more times than we wanna count, so as soon as the first note wasn't what he expected I'm sure he figured out what was up lol


KrAzyDrummer

This is exactly right. He knew the second the first note was played. Didn't even have to hear the tune, just that first incorrect note.


highdesk306

No literally 😂 it’s so precious but holy shit what an ear.


futureruler

My band director in high school had ears like that. We've had many practices where we'd stop right after the first beat of a song because someone was wrong or out of tune. He could pinpoint who it was too and this wasn't a small high school band.


NathanielWest

Something about this video is so incredibly heartwarming and I think I know what it is. Not only is it the fact that the orchestra played this beautiful piece for him and surprised him on his birthday, not only is it the genuine and pure smile on his face, but I think it’s the whole familiarity and friendliness exuded by his reaction. He points out to someone, he holds his hands over his chest. That’s someone that’s surrounded by friends that he wholly loves at that moment.


Dostoevsky-fan

Yes that’s what I thought as well…. Except my friends… would have put those trick candles that flare back up after you blow them out. And everyone would have played happy birthday in a different key.


mstarrbrannigan

The bond between a conductor and an orchestra can be a pretty cool thing. I played violin when I was in school and the orchestra teacher was the same for both middle and high school, unlike band which was larger and had a different teacher for each. If you were in both orchestra and band, you would go to each on alternating days. Since I was only in orchestra, I was at orchestra every day and saw the same teacher every school day for seven years. Because of this it was tradition for the seniors and the teacher to exchange gifts during the final concert of the year, and usually a prank. There was longstanding contention between one of the violin players and the teacher regarding the use of concert black during shows (we had to wear all black or black pants and a white shirt). So at one point during our final performance while the teacher's back was turned all the seniors put on bright yellow t-shirts we'd had made that said "CONCERT BLACK." Good times.


Mattwark

Ok now that’s a great prank.


redsaturns

And I think they probably rehearsed it at least once in secret, to make sure it came out good


ambivalentdev

Beautiful expressed. Yes yes yes


ExortTrionis

Reminds me of those wholesome family christmas movies


A_Dark_sh

He was still conducting them lol!


Jaambie

Probably muscle memory. Stand in front of a playing orchestra and your hands just start doing movements haha.


whateverathrowaway00

I’m pretty sure he was doing the hand signals for “bring it up in the back” while laughing, like messing with them / referencing an inside joke that he always has to say during practice. Haven’t played with a conductor guiding me since high school era so I could be totally off base, but that’s the vibe I got. Kind of an “haha you guys dammit” but in a conductor fashion.


retrogeekhq

Happens all the time!


borsalinomonkey

That orchestra has established the bar. No other birthday melody will easily beat it


Witness_me_Karsa

Please, have you heard Michael Scott sing it?


DhravyaShah

send link


Witness_me_Karsa

https://youtu.be/fPYtVCP_l38


3nd1ess

Thank you.


GoatsWearingPyjamas

When I was at university my college served formal dinners a few nights a week that you could book onto. The college chapel choir was booked into the formal dinner every Sunday, as a thank you for singing the services. Every single Sunday, they sang a new, beautiful rendition of happy birthday to the same guy each week. I think they chose a new ‘victims’ each year.


[deleted]

Why is nobody saying how majestic this version of birthday song sounds like. Just I'd cry holy shit


Coma_Benerices

orchestras just hit different


Byting_wolf

The make everything so much more... Grand!


somewhereinks

The percussion finale even surprised the conductor. Quite the finish.


MrLeekspin

They deliberately ended before the last note, it's begging to be resolved and you're expecting this big finish because of the crescendo, but they leave it unresolved to mess with him and make him laugh


16elee

This was composed by John Williams! It's called Happy Birthday Variations. https://youtu.be/es7NEHJOvH8 See 4:07 for the part that this orchestra plays.


jeffyscouser

John Williams makes everything better


Harvey-Specter

The Toronto Symphony also did something similar for Sir Andrew Davis in 2019. [I think even better because they start playing the music he's expecting, then seamlessly transition to happy birthday with a choir singing as well, infront of a live audience.](https://youtu.be/6wZCHFIplXE)


wrldruler21

That took a lot of secret coordination to pull off


Thelionsleepztonight

This is equally amazing


[deleted]

damn that one’s even bigger scale wow


jackson12420

I like that one a lot better so awesome.


gumbo0

For a second he was like: “what the hell are you guys playing?”


not_so_plausible

Man it's nice seeing someone look so genuinely happy and emotional.


Fluffy-Imagination51

I love this! So sweet 🥲


Shoddy_North5961

"cut it into 64 pieces"


buhoksakilili

Hahaha damn, Papa Roach went to vienna or the 18th century


[deleted]

"From now on we are enemies, you and I" except it's a picture of Jacoby Shaddix.


vorticon_mafia

Those French horns though. Just amazing. This is a regular stunt for a lot of orchestras at least at the university/lower tier levels and it’s always a cute surprise.


liesgreedmisery18

LOL I literally said “oh MY, THEM HORNS” when they kicked in. Love a good French horn- it’s one of the most beautiful sounds in the world to me


vorticon_mafia

I’m a retired bassoonist and married a French horn player and regret nothing. It’s all nerd all the time here. But French horns can either sound like a car alarm or the voice of god and both are equally acceptable. It’s an amazing lil instrument.


readingonthetoilet

This is the single best arrangement of happy birthday I’ve ever heard. The countermelodies and tension/resolution are so satisfying.


MrsSol

His face, that's wrong! Oh, that's sweet in a millisecond


arielhakhel

This is how i imagine disney would play it


Lady_badcrumble

Probably, don’t they have the rights to it?


arielhakhel

Well, disney is the owner of so many things so they might own this aswell


kingpink

It came into the public domain just a few years ago.


Joyjmb

This is Maestro David Robertson and he's a lively, brilliant, giving colleague who absolutely deserved this sweet gesture. An astounding musician. Worked for him 2013-2018.


IntelligentAd561

I think the laughing at the end is because the rendition quotes a Mahler symphony.


This-Kaleidoscope-69

Not my tempo.


razerzej

They should have played completely out of sync to show how much they need him.


Brickolator

Hearth warming


mapeaumoiselle

I worked with this Maestro (David Robertson) when he was with SSO several years ago and he’s an absolute sweetheart ♥️


kawkabelsharq

That’ll be $65,000.


Shakubougie

This is hella cute and wholesome❤️


Stonetheflamincrows

I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as this guy is in this video.


Thelionsleepztonight

You will man! Reddit is with you


Inn3rali3n

I miss being in band so much. I miss the feeling of comraderie and working toward a goal with people. Nothing in adulthood has compared to those experiences


Cm25461

Tchaikovsky


axelalex2

No, it's John Williams.


sathvik777

The opposite of whiplash


DomskiPlays

Now that is fucking awesome


lemur-stott

I will never not smile when watching this video.


RogueInsanity90

AWWW...That is soo sweet!


lambchopscout

The best part of my day was watching this 4 times.


0002002

I love that *Brrr Brrr Brr Brrrrr*


Conscious-Phase-7694

The joy in that mans face made my day.


Pheonixboi23

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Pheonixboi23

Good bot


bima_yu

r/MadeMeSmile


mildlycuriouss

So beautiful!!


retribute

Im jealous


culculain

"WHATTHEFUCKAREYOUPEOPLEPLAYI.... Awwwwww!", his face said in the first 3 seconds.


cmphgtattoo

Very rich man


Minsk_Mink

u/savevideo


poohbearandtiger

Classy af


EddiePiff

Imagine if he started conducting them during the song lol


kevinkaramazov

is that Gil


[deleted]

he was like what the fuck are you guys pla… oh…


whoisfryingbaloney

This made my shitty day better.


HM_datboi

r/mademesmile


KushiroJuan

Wow. They played that perfectly. Almost... like the conductor... isn't needed...


iKingCooper

“Hey you in the back, your off rythm up your tempo!!!” 0:24


shivambawa2000

not his tempo


evil_brain

This is copyright infringement. The FBI should arrest these criminals!


seancollnel

His birthday could not be anymore epic


KozKatma

Why was my first thought when hearing this Snow White. I really need to listen to more classical music lol


Little_Storm_9938

Gorgeous


LittleMissNicole

We did this for my band instructor my senior year. He tried very hard to be a curmudgeon about it since we were still on the football field but his smile gave him away.


Sparky8924

That’s awesome , good job


madcat2112

👏 bravo


redacted_by_FBI

r/MadeMeSmile


Sovereign1603

I arm wrestled a conductor once, I lost….badly


Key-Regular674

And then they got sued


Izzysel92

Why does this feel so classic Disney


507310

Wholesome, more of this please, Internet is full of so much messed up stuff rn


Everyoneheresamoron

The horn section was totally out of sync and too loud. This is why they needed the conductor.


tictech2

Just proves his job is pointless