(Wow I still can't get over that night.)
The then musical director and conductor, Ruggierro Barbieri, had some of the wind instruments play from the balconies. As the trumpets blared above I remember closing my eyes and letting the dense, beautiful music wash all over me. I was in bliss. It certainly was a night to remember. It was Barbieri's farewell performance, and as tribute to its maestro, the PPO beautifully played the intermezzo from Mascagni's Cavallera Rusticana as encore.