Thanks to all who notified me of the Times review of last night's performance. Last night was the first night that I was truly happy with my performance, so I guess the timing was good! I figured out the tuning problems and feel very comfortable now. Last night I was able to just think about making music and telling the story, which is how I like it.
Working with Robert Spano is just about as great as it gets, let me tell you. He was so eager to help and make me comfortable. He trusted that I could do it, that I was capable, so he wanted to figure out what the problem was (with the tuning). So I worked on it with his assistant, Laura Jackson, and he added a few ideas here and there, and then we had it. A partnership, as you can see from the picture in the review. We may not be making eye contact, but we are communicating. Bringing that beautiful piece of music to life.
And here is another picture of another reason I love my job:He told me that I rocked... DUDE!!!