What a thrill to perform once again with the fabulous Philadelphians and conductor Christin Macelaru. What a great combination to pair the acrobats with the symphony. It became apparent how many commonalities (focus/concentration, technique, physical stamina, teamwork, etc. ) exist between musicians and athletes and how both work to transcend these elements into an artistic statement. What stands out to me regarding the Philadelphia Orchestra is how well they listen across the stage, superb precision, energy and drive, and solid musical playing on the individual level. Oh, and I would be remiss not to mention the strings section, wow! I hope I can keep the sound of those strings in my head permanently.