Despite a contract dispute that made it look like they were going to halt the Atlanta Symphony's debut this year, everything was resolved in time for its October 4 opening. The dispute was between administration and the musicians, which could have easily led to a full symphony season without any performances in Atlanta.
In the Marx Brothers' film A Night at the Opera, Groucho Marx noisily takes his seat at an already-started performance asking an indignant Margaret Dumont, "Who's ahead?"
It's a moment that perfectly encapsulates the slightly surreal and irreverent imagination of the Marx Brothers at their best. This year, however, it has some strange resonance. Symphony-goers at tonight's opening of the Atlanta Symphony season may very well take their seats literally wondering: who's ahead.
Photo Courtesy Jeff Roffman