Cultural Cocktail Hour
According to author Norman Lebrecht, in his Book of Musical Anecdotes, virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninov was in the midst of performing a violin and piano recital in New York when his partner, violinist Fritz Kreisler was struck by a memory block.
A nervous Kreisler inched towards the piano, whispering intensely at Rachmaninov,
“Where are we?”
To which Mr. Rachmaninov cooly replied, “Carnegie Hall.”