Wednesday, February 17, 2016

No fries with that

One of my favorite jokes about the economic travails of musicians . . . 

Q: What’s the first thing a trombonist says at work? 

A: You want fries with that?

. . . may have to be retired, thanks to Joseph Bastian, bass trombonist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. When Robin Ticciati, the guest conductor scheduled to lead this week’s concerts, called in sick, Bastian was tapped to conduct a program of Brahms, Berg and Elgar.