Just as we landed in Bucharest, I turned to my neighbor Dalit, “Exactly one week from today we’ll be getting on plane for the flight home!”

After Saturday night’s concert in Luxembourg at the Salle der Concerts Grand-Duchesse Josephine-Charlotte (The Philharmonie) we bused over the French border to catch a fast train from Metz to Paris. We arrived at the hotel near the Arc de Triomphe by lunch time but were already in rehearsal at the Salle Pleyel by 1800.

The concert ended with another incredible standing ovation for the Mahler Symphony. The soloist was Vadim Repin in the Bruch Violin Concerto. Our one day in the French Capitol was a real squeeze for visits to family and friends, and sight seeing was out of the question.

At 06:45 the next morning, the buses left for Charles DeGaulle Airport and the charter flight to Bucharest for the first concert at the Enescu Festival. The Sala Mare Palatului normally accommodates 2,500 people, but it was standing-room only for the IPO’s first concert.

The aisles were packed with music lovers who wanted to hear the concert and hundreds of people stood for the entire concert to hear Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. Again, Vadim Repin was soloist in the all Tchaikovsky program including the Violin Concerto, “Andante Cantabile” from the second string quartet and the Fourth Symphony.

Three great concerts in three very short days!

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