Ethel Waters in Metro Government - early 20th Century

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, pages 171,172:

As almost always happens after some ordeal I've been through, I soon got a little belly-laugh relief. For example, the Louisville theater we played in on the way home had a three-piece orchestra that had delusions of grandeur at every performance. They opened the show by playing such high-brow pieces as "Poet and Peasant" and the "Overture" to William Tell. But they had one bad handicap besides their lack of talent. It was very drafty in their pit, and their sheet music was always blowing off the piano stand. When that happened the drummer would carry on with William Tell all by himself, …   more >>

cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 171,172. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Metro Government


Ethel Waters
dancer, Singing

Listening to

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William Tell Overture
written by Rossini
performed by anonymous theatre orchestra
Poet and Peasant performed by anonymous theatre orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:57:54 +0100
Approved on Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:35:25 +0100