Holy cow, I wrote a book!
After the opening work of the
Seattle Symphony concert last Saturday night,
the orchestra members rearranged themselves to play the Foote,
didn't come out onto the stage.
The delay grew and people started wondering what was going on.
An announcement was made over the public address system:
"We apologize for the delay, but there is an issue with the music."
This only created more confusion.
What does "an issue with the music" mean?
Eventually, Schwarz took the podium and explained what happened.
It turned into a game of good news/bad news.
"The good news is that one of the orchestra members
was so dedicated that even after
two concerts, he wanted to practice the piece some more.
The bad news is that he left the music at home.
Fortunately, he doesn't live far away,
and he has his part in the Brahms memorized,
so we will play the Brahms now and perform the Foote
after the intermission."
And just for the record, my impressions of the concert,
since you didn't ask.