I must at this time go ahead and post this before it becomes out-dated, I’ll take my licks when they come! Also I’ve got to say that a true highlight of this tour has been having the privilege of listening to our PSO strings (and winds) play the 3rd Movement of the Shostakovich 5. In rehearsal the people who are tacet tend to flee the stage for a little extra time……but on tour, the only time we play this is basically in performance so we’re all on stage whether we’re tacet or not. Hearing the musicianship and the wonderful emotion of Shostakovich as performed by our string sections and Manfred Honeck is profound. It has become my favorite movement of the piece and the repeated highlight of the tour. I’m very proud and honored to work with such a terrific group of people (our strings ROCK).