Vienna, our last stop. Last night, playing in the Musikverein was magical. Thinking of Mahler in this same building was so inspiring.
The Vienna venue for the 2011 European Tour party -- seven cities, 13 concerts, 21 days...now time to relax!
The stage was very crowded for the 105 musicians needed for our last performance of Mahler 9 and I looked across the stage and saw some audience members standing by the bass players!! The backstage of this absolutely gorgeous hall was very confusing - the instrument trunks were on one level, the wardrobe trunks on another and the stage on yet one more. And the stairs!
The performance was brilliant. I was so proud of my colleagues. One of the audience members was overheard saying that she has been coming to concerts for many, many years, and this was one of the most special performances she had ever heard. Gustavo came out 8 times to acknowledge the applause. We then left the stage, but the applause continued. Gustavo came out one more time to cheers from those who remained. What a way to end the tour!
Tonight, Beethoven, an end of tour party and, finally, home!