Flashback: orchestra rehearsal one week before our spring concert
Maestro, in a jovial mood, starts a mock rant about what he'll do if the audience claps between movements of the Karelia Suite. He contemplates a caveat in the program, but is immediately warned by Ms. B that this would be rude. He then threatens that he'll throw his baton out into the audience. He pretends to toss it … wildly whips the stick around in a zig-zagging motion and continues with the rant until Ms. B has had enough and interrupts with "OK, Zorro." Maestro playfully corrects her by saying "That's Obi-one Kenobi." Some people chuckle. She stares inquisitively, then spurts out, "WHAT?" Maestro replies, "Star Wars." Ms. B stares, still dumbfounded, then quickly quips "I-don't-know-what-that-is." ... total silence for a second ... then a roar of laughter.
Well, maybe you had to be there, but it was really funny at the time, and it's one of those moments I wanted to document so I can savor it from time to time. During that next week my husband (trombone player) and I frequently joked about it and playfully assigned different Star Wars characters to some of the orchestra members.
Fast forward: just after the horrendous dress rehearsal the night before the concert
I returned to the almost empty orchestra room to get my coat, after having packed up my cello out in the hallway, and overheard the end of a conversation my husband was having with the Maestro. Perhaps in an attempt to lighten the mood, my husband was saying, "so if H is Yoda, and T is Hans Solo, then who is Darth Vador … ?
Last week Maestro’s global email was signed "May the Force be With You."
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