KATE: So, we'd like you to join us as a member of SSQ.
ME: Wow! That's fantastic!
KATE: And, we were wondering if you'd be able to finish the current season with us instead of waiting until next season.
ME, small lump forming in throat: Well, sure, I think so. What all is left?
KATE, after listing a few concerts: And then, on May 7th, we're playing Weill Hall.
ME, lump growing bigger: Um, what's on the program?
KATE: Mozart K. 575 [known as one of the "cello" quartets], Bartók 3, Ravel Quartet, and this [really hard] world premiere.
ME: [complete, lump-throated silence]