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October 11, 2010

Off Topic: last-minute stand-ins

lennyI'm working on tomorrow's Top 10 dining destinations for large groups, as well as my introduction to our group-dining guest consultant.

In the meantime, I am moving the off-topic conversation about last-minute stand-ins and substitutions up here.

Here's a trivia question to get us started:

One of the most memorable last-minute substitutions in the annals of American culture happened on the night of November 14, 1943. Who was the sub?


answer : Leonard Bernstein, filling in for the ailing Bruno Walter

Library of Congress, Music Division 

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 9:56 AM | | Comments (6)


It looks like this was already answered in the other posting, though I have known the story of Leonard Bernstein's debut for years. The way I have heard it told, he was either badly hung over or actually drunk at the time.
Ah ... youth!

I think it's a tie!

Speaking of...

Do conductors really do anything? I always suspected that they don't.

Circus Monkey: yes, they do--think of them as a cross between a giant metronome keeping time, and a director forming the nuances of the musical work, much like a theatrical director does for a play or movie. Listen to two performances of the same work directed by two distinctly different conductors. They can be as different as two movies of the same story/script handled by different directors.

Thank you, ADMIV. I'm just a monkey. But orchestra noise make monkey ears hurt.

The music can vary depending on the size of the baton and who's wielding it.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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