from the ''Instrumentalist'' : A Kinder Critic In the mid-1980s Brian Perry played the solo trumpet part in Respighi's Pines of Rome at the new concert shell in Chicago's Grant Park. The first time he played during the rehearsal, the conductor stopped him and said he was too far off-stage. Perry tried a different location, and this time, the conductor bellowed, "That's too close." When he tried again, he was playing too fast. As the director stopped him for the fourth time, a voice bellowed from the park seats. It belonged to a vagrant lounging in the summer sun. "Leave him alone! He's playing just fine." The conductor did as he was told. ================================ :lol: ...any similar stories?