an american orchestra had just arrived in europe for a two-week tour. one hour before the first concert, the conductor became very ill and  was unable to conduct, and the orchestra suddenly had to find a substitute.  

the orchestra manager asked whether anyone in the orchestra could step in and conduct.  the only person to volunteer was the last-chair viola player.

the manager was nervous.  "you have no time to rehearse," she said.
  "you'll have to conduct the concert cold."

"i know.  it'll be all right," said the violist.

the violist conducted the concert and it was a smashing success.  because the conductor remained ill, the violist conducted all the
concerts, getting rave reviews and standing ovations every time.

two weeks later, the conductor had recovered, and violist took his
place at the back of the viola section. as he sat down, his stand partner asked, "so where've you been for the past two weeks?"
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