Is there a doctor in the house?
The Scene: The Main Auditorium at the London Festival Hall.
The Occasion: A charity concert for Jewish orphans being given by a famous Israeli pianist before a packed audience .
Right in the middle of the adagio movement of the Pathetique Sonata an elegant matron jumps to her feet.
“Is there a doctor in the house?” she cries.
“Yes madam,” came the reply from several rows back, and a man gets to his feet. “I’m a doctor,” he says.
“Doctor !” beams the matron, “have I got a daughter for you !”