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London Symphony Orchestra Slated to "Mime" Olympic Performance

Things are heating up with the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and not just the weather. The London Symphony Orchestra has been asked to mime its performance at the Olympics' July 27 opening ceremony while a recording the orchestra made several weeks ago is played, according to Britain's Independent. Concerns about weather and the shape of the stadium where the opening ceremony will be held were cited as the reasons Logoc - the body organizing the Olympics - vetoed a live performance. Britain's Daily Mail reported that London Symphony Orchestra musicians were "shocked" by the decision and that conductor Simon Rattle, who is scheduled to conduct at the opening ceremony, "will be moving (his) arms around to no effect." Music producer Steve Levine, who is playing a role in creating the ceremony, told the Daily Mail "It’s an absolute travesty. Live  music could easily have been included." What do you think? Should the LSO be allowed to play at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, or is it fine for the group to "mime" its performance? Read more:

  • Opening Ceremony Orchestra Is Silenced (Independent)
  • The Great Olympic Fiddle: Farce As London Symphony Orchestra Is Told To Mime at Opening of Games (DM)