Thursday, December 18, 2008

He Ain't Paid His Dues

Hilarious New York Times article about discontent at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra after guest conductor Gilbert E. Kaplan gave a less-than-stellar performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2.

It's worth reading the article in its entirety to appreciate the snobbish snarkery in all its glory. What it boils down to is that Kaplan isn't a professional musician but simply an amateur with a love for the Mahler piece, and the musicians are having a snit-fit. In blues terms, Kaplan ain't paid his dues so he has no right to play the blues.

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