New York Phil pays up to Kansas Royals

New York Phil pays up to Kansas Royals


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2015

Last week, Alan Gilbert took up a bet from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony over which city would win the World Series. He lost. There’s a consignment of bagels and lox on its way to KC.

And much crow being eaten in Manhattan.

Gilbert concedes defeat below.


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  • MacroV says:

    Seems to me that the loser should have had to play the other city’s state song or something else of a musical nature. Or Gilbert should have to go over the KC and conduct their orchestra (a fine one, I understand).

    • James says:

      I understand the NY Phil is obligated to play “Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City” from the musical Oklahoma with Gilbert appropriately attired for the occasion. Look forward to that video.

  • Peter Phillips says:

    Maybe the Halle and the Liverpool Phil could organise something similar.

  • youthfulstrings says:

    Perhaps a sight quibble, but the Royals are not from Kansas; rather, they are from Kansas City, MIssouri (though close to the border between the states).

  • Andy says:

    It might be an idea for the folks at the KCSO to send Mr. Gilbert some shaving cream and a razor.