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Their plane was stuck on the tarmac; so Ray Chen broke out the Strad / Nola.com

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When Ray Chen, the professional violinist, found himself stuck on an plane on the tarmac in Porto, Portugal, he offered his fellow stranded passengers something they don't ordinarily get from their airlines: A brief Bach concert, played on a 300-year-old Stradivarius.  A smiling Chen walked down the aisle serenading the passengers, many of them shooting video on their phones. Even one of the flight attendants appears to be recording the impromptu performance.

On Facebook, Chen wrote he was flying from Amsterdam to Lisbon when TAP Air Portugal Flight 663 inexplicably "had to make an emergency landing in Porto where we were told to wait indefinitely inside the plane on the tarmac. He said;  "Now at the time I must confess that playing the violin was the last thing on my mind, but knowing personally how stressful delayed travel days are, I decided to whip out the Strad for a good old airplane performance. The flight eventually made it to Lisbon (3 hours after the scheduled time) and I'm just happy we were able to get there all safely in the end. Safe travels to you all!"

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