Sunday, August 20, 2023

Blind Item #1

This is probably not something that is told in an upcoming film.

A legendary American composer (both Broadway and classical) and conductor was scheduled to perform in a legendary European city. The star-struck American embassy staff were delighted to make the composer's visit as pleasant as possible: finding appropriate housing, scheduling dinners in the composer's honor, arranging meetings and visits that the composer had hinted he would enjoy.

Then the composer demanded that the Embassy arrange visits with horizontal professionals. Enthusiasm lost, senior diplomatic officials explained that this was not a service they provided, even to the most distinguished of guests.  Embassy staff continued to do their very best for the conductor, but with the stars fallen from their eyes.

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