Musical Mayhem

The Boston Symphony Orchestra was performing Beethovens Ninth Symphony. In the piece, theres a long passage, about 20 minutes, during which the bass violinists have nothing to do.Rather than sit around that whole time looking stupid, some bassists decided to sneak offstage and go to the tavern next door for a drink. After slamming several beers in quick succession, one of them looked at his watch. Hey! We need to get back! he cried.No need to panic, said a fellow bassist. I thought we might need some extra time, so I tied the last few pages of the conductors score together with string. Itll take him a few minutes to get it untangled.A few moments later, the drunk musicians staggered back into the concert hall and took their places in the orchestra.About this time, a member of the audience noticed the conductor seemed a bit edgy. She pointed this out to her date.Well, of course, said her companion. Dont you see? Its the bottom of the Ninth, the score is tied, and the bassists are loaded.

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