It was a kind of special concert as it was the last in the season after our orchestra went bankrupt and the first as the newly organized philharmonic. The concert was one to look forward to Brahms #1, La Forza Del Destino and Beethoven PC #2 with our conductor as soloist. As I prepared in the backstage area, I was approached by our union spokesman. He was shadowed by a gentleman who appeared to be somewhat noteworthy as he said hello to several of the musicians in the back stage area. The union spokesman approached me saying, I need to find a bassist...hey! What do you think Oh, how are you doing? He went on to tell me that his friend was once a bassist with another orchestra at the time our current conductor was conducting there. He thought it would be a great gag to have this guy play the Brahms with the symphony and to see the look on the conductors face when he glanced at the bass section. I thought they had both lost their minds or were just joking with me when I realized they were indeed serious. Upon discussing this further and further I realized the man actually wanted to use my bass and my bow to perform the entire Brahms first symphony. I excused myself from the discussion to say I would have to get permission from the principal. I went up to the principal, put my arm around him and said, Theres some jerk in the back stage area who wants to play the Brahms with us. Our principal was incredulous. He said, Youre joking, right? This is a gag! I said, No, theres really some jerk back there who is trying to get me to lend him my bass to play the Brahms. He said, What, does he think we didnt rehearse this thing? I said, Yeah, apparently. So, I gently told the guy that the principal bassist was apprehensive and when the guy continued to work on me, I said, But I want to play the Brahms! and I put him on another guy who promptly told him to get off.