There were two additional bonus surprises: The Rotarian team leader resides in Linz, Austria, which coincidentally is the birthplace of the guest conductor that evening, Christoph Campestrini. Some of the Philharmonic Friends were able to introduce both of them following the performance. Unfortunately, I could not follow their animated and enthusiastic German conversation.
This same Rotarian, who plays five musical instruments very well and attends concerts in such places as his home town, Vienna, and Salzburg, said his friends back home would be shocked when he will return in May and shares with them his thoughts regarding our Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the guest pianist playing the concerto.
In his humble opinion they equaled the musical quality in his native land. Wow! Another Fort Wayne blessing we should never take for granted!