You're not supposed to laugh at a classical music concert. That's an unspoken rule. But when Danny Kaye came to Avery Fisher Hall in 1981 as a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, you just couldn't do anything else.
As Kaye himself said during the performance, he can't read a note of music. But that didn't prevent him from appreciating it, and from contributing heavily to various orchestras across the country to keep classical music alive in this modern-day world. As a sort of tribute to his efforts, and to help raise money for the New York Philharmonic, Kaye was invited to be guest conductor for one evening at Avery Fisher Hall.
It was a night that will live forever. The pieces themselves are played completely straight, but the moments in between are absolutely hilarious - Kaye walking to the podium at the start of the concert with what looked like 100 batons in his hand; the concertmaster "goofing" up a piece and the "argument" that followed; Kaye conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" with a flyswatter.
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