Wednesday, December 04, 2002

This is bad. Very bad.

The Philadelphia Orchestra was rehearsing Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. . . . Then, the downpour began. A high-powered sprinkler system, set off by construction work elsewhere in the building, engaged, and showered the musicians, their instruments (many valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars,) and the new stage with enough water to fill the $75,000 Steinway grand that sat on the stage.

That "Writing" "Teacher" (neither a writer nor a teacher be) raised most of the money for the Kimmel Center. Bad, Bad very, very bad. I do like the image of Eschenbach bailing water out of the piano. (that's worth a giggle!) and I love his quote "It was The Rite of the Sprinkler." (a second giggle!) I can only imagine the insurance nightmare that is going to be.