Friday, March 18, 2016
Last Sunday we attended a concert by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at the New Jersey State Theater in New Brunswick. The featured composition was Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. We had first row center seats in the mezzanine, which provided an excellent view of the entire orchestra, including the percussion instruments at the back of the stage.
Our inclination to find humor in just about every situation got the best of us as we watched the two percussionists waiting patiently for their moment to arrive when they could clash the cymbals and briefly strike the kettledrums with timpani mallets.
So what's so funny about this? We couldn't help but recall a Sid Caesar-Imogene Coca skit from Your Show of Shows where they played the roles of two percussionists awaiting their special moment in a classical music concert. In this skit the piece was Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
After a short search of YouTube we found the Caesar-Coca skit and are glad to share it with you today.
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