- Review Of Lanza Tribute With
Peter Nero And The Philly Pops
By Sam Samuelian
- "Mario was so great, it'll take four tenors to honor
- Such were the befitting words of world renown Peter Nero
speaking about Mario Lanza. He added "We're celebrating the life of
a unique talent. He was definitely one of a kind". No one on the Mario
Lanza forums or fans worldwide would dispute those sentiments! And as you'll
see, sentiment was a key word for this day, Saturday 24th 2010. Love and
passion dominated a day where Lanza politics and division disappeared.
I heard not a single negative word spoken at any time during this fifty
year celebration. For a man whose life was riddled with controversy, this
was a joyous accomplishment. One that will hopefully set the tone for the
next fifty years.
- What follows will be the accounts of the day as seen
through my eyes, details that are general as well as personal. I decided
to write partially for the benefit of readers who know little or nothing
about the world of Mario Lanza, so please excuse me for writing things
you read many times before and know. I hope any wrong impressions or inaccuracies
in this report will be corrected by others attendees and also hope nothing
will be considered offensive. Finally, I apologize in advance if I inadvertently
left anyone out. But most of all, I am anxious to hear the experiences
of everyone who attended and hear about the many, many things I missed!
- My wife Anna and I were ready to leave at 10 AM but last
minute calls, taking care of the dogs, and double checking everything we
needed for the day kept us off the road until 10:30. We arrived 11:15 at
the Lanza Museum, where streets are very narrow and where parking is at
a premium. Fortunately we were directed to an ideal parking spot by Bill
Ronanyne. Inside Bill, Jeanette, and Mario's cousin Carole were busy putting
the finishing touches to the reception room that is directly across the
hall from the Museum. Mario's voice was reverberating thanks to a mix tape
Jeanette recorded. They set out an appetizing assortment of cake, muffins,
kugels, etc., that we enjoyed with coffee and iced tea. Bill had filled
the walls with a varied assortment of Lanza graphics ranging from very
small black and white to very large color ones. We were totally surrounded
by our favorite tenor! What started out quietly with only a handful of
people at the 11:30 opening time built slowly but surely until there were
more people there than I have personally seen.
- Derek Mannering was the first celebrity of the Lanza
word I met followed by another, Roland Bessette, two of Mario's noted authors.
Not far behind then came author/vocalist David Weaver. I was very happy
to finally meet the man whose exceptional forum posts we all enjoy daily.
He gives us all so much despite being an important and busy man. We not
only shook hands but David hugged me, a show of affection that somewhat
calmed the anxious state I was in with so much anticipation of what was
to follow. I regret that we didn't get to talk to each other much or try
singing a few harmonized bars of a Lanza song! Maybe another time,
David? Next my eyes focused on Pam Latham, head of the British Mario
Lanza society who fortunately made the flight only a day after the air
traffic ban caused by the recent volcanic debris. Pam has a smile for everyone
and is very devoted to her work for Mario.
- Mario's second daughter Ellisa arrived with husband Bobby
Bregman and their sons Tony and Nick (who are Mario's only grandchildren)
and then the party was in full swing. Ellisa is stunningly beautiful in
person, with a trim figure and sparkling eyes like her father's. She was
sincere and warm to everyone and was anxious to show her sons the many
attractions the Musem has to offer. I shook her hand firmly and blurted
out that we were exactly a week apart in age, forgetting the additional
year separating us from 1949 to 1950! I guess I was a little star struck....like
the first time I met Damon Lanza..... even though we had talked to her
some years before at the Met Tribute to Mario. There was no need to be
that way because she is as down to earth as her brother, our dear departed
Damon. Ellisa looks straight into your eyes and speaks from the heart.
Down to earth applies equally to Bob Bregman, who was delighted that I
addressed him as Bobby.
- This was my first opportunity to meet him and he spoke
to me like a friend. We talked Mario for awhile and then focused on Tracey
Bregman, who has been a leading star on my favorite soap opera "The
Young and the Restless". Tracey first appeared on the show when only
16 and now is 46 and able to juggle multiple responsibilities while putting
in many hours of work each week....just like her character Lauren Fenmore,
who runs a very successful fashion house and a chain of stores. Right now
Tracey is playing dual roles, adding to her challenges. Bobby graciously
offered to send me a signed photo of her, since I am a true fan. I walked
over to son Nick and his very cute girlfriend Rachel. Nick is the spitting
image of his father and the pair were reading a news clipping about Mario's
life and death.
- Being a hopeless romantic, and one who enjoys seeing
couples that look ideal with each other, I said I hoped one day they would
be engaged. She obviously adores Nick and is sincerely interested in grandfather
Mario. They stopped to read a framed news clipping and read the part where
the article mentioned Mario's having been a truck driver. I explained to
her that the story wasn't true, that Mario was not discovered by Koussevitsky
after delivering a piano to Philadelphia's famed Academy of Music. She
smiled when she realized that the story was far more exciting than the
reality. Nick told me his brother sings and is modest about it. Interested
to meet the only third generation successor to Mario who sings, I walked
over to Tony and we talked about his love for his musical group Hygynx.
A good head taller than Nick, Tony also bears a strong resemblance to his
father. The Bregman genes must be strong! I must say that both "boys"
are very genuine and are proud of their heritage.
- Let me tell you now about Derek and Roland. Derek is
exactly as he appears in interviews. He's gentle, soft spoken, and relaxed.
Considering his importance in producing more books and CD compilations
than anyone else, and giving countless media interviews, he is completely
humble and gracious. People who have read his forum posts know that first
hand. I told him I detected more of an Irish accent than I heard on the
documentary "Singing to the Gods", and he immediately went into
a delightful Irish brogue mode. Later we spoke of the excitement in the
early fifties Lanza voice, a trait that lessened in his later years when
illness struck. We agreed that it would be hard to beat the sheer joy and
exclamation of songs like "Love is the Sweetest Thing"!
- Now Roland. This is a man who can attract attention the
minute he walks into a room. Very tall, quite handsome and fit, sporting
a well manicured beard (Anna was giving me that "wow" look!),
and speaking with authority (no wonder he's an author, lol!), there is
no doubt that he performs well in the courtroom. It was funny seeing petite
Anna and towering Roland standing together discussing their success at
winning legal cases! He has a very keen mind for facts and figures, as
his Lanza biography proves. I instantly felt an affinity and fondness for
both men and they honored me by taking not one but two photos with their
arms around me. One photo had Mario's image right above my shiny head!
They later honored me even more by praising my efforts at singing. Thanks
guys, that means more to me than you know.
- I almost forgot to mention seeing Steve Vertlieb, my
old friend and and shadow writer of Eddie Durso's delightful book about
his early exploits with boyhood pal Mario. Eddie's son John was nearby
speaking proudly of his Dad and providing expert information. It was terrific
seeing both of you again! Where was Thelma Prince? From the very first
I looked for dear Thelma, whose posts on both forums are so informative
and valuable, but didn't see her. I did see and meet our poster Tim D.,
who smiled at me and introduced himself. He is very personable and along
with his lovely wife traveled from Ohio. Unfortunately, we didn't get to
talk much, but I'll tell you something about him later.
- The hour and a half reception flew by quickly. We could
have spent many hours talking to these fine people who have in common the
great bond Mario's music gives us. Most returned to their hotels to catch
a quick bite and dress for the concert. We opted to park at Symphony Hall,
an apartment complex that is half a block from the Kimmel Center. Instead
of the Kimmel 28 dollar fee we only spent 10 at Symphony. Anyone traveling
there might want to remember that and save. It was only our second visit
to this architectural wonder. Panels of glass in geometric formations cover
the upper half of the building, allowing visitors to look to the sky while
inside. It's never dark there during the day! Inside curved wood walls
(walnut?) surround Verizon Hall, the huge theater that seats thousands.
Seating prices started at 27 dollars and went up to over 100. We opted
to grab a quick lunch at their restaurant, aptly named Cadence.
- Sitting there was enjoyable with the beautiful atmosphere
created by the many views of the city below. (Note: The Academy of Music,
where Mario once sang, is only about a block away on the same street).
I said we grabbed lunch and that is no exaggeration. We had only half an
hour to eat and it took twenty minutes to get just soup and a sandwich.
For 16 dollars you can order a hamburger, egad! I had a smoked turkey sandwich
prix fixe special which included soup, fries, and beverage for 17 dollars.
A bargain in comparison to the burger, but not such a bargain when the
sandwich is only half the size of an ordinary piece of bread. Anna's crab
cake was the diameter of a half dollar. In any event, the food was tasty.
We were joined by our good friend, fellow Lanza fan and poster, Stephanie
Weiss. We only had five minutes to talk and she hurried off to save us
two seats for the 2:00 lecture/presentation. She is a sweetheart and is
very astute. She caught a couple minor mistakes in the lecture.
- After walking around hunting for the room named after
former Mayor Ed Rendell, we quickly slipped inside. It was filled nearly
to capacity. Carole Shea provided a fascinating talk with slides about
the making of the captivating Lanza mural in South Philadelphia which covers
the entire wall of a building. With beautiful colors various highlights
from Mario's career are shown. It depicts a record player with Mario's
"The Touch of Your Hand" album sitting on top, a gold framed
image of Mario from Serenade, the huge image of Mario in tuxedo from "The
Great Caruso" that dominates the mural, and more. Slides of the work
from bare wall to finished product held our attention while Carole spoke
authoritatively and proudly of the landmark. She spoke of each of Mario
and Betty's children and pointed out Ellisa and her family. I believe Carole
is a member of the mural arts society of Philadelphia, the city with more
murals than any other. We learned from Carole that a gallon of mural paint
can cost up to 175 dollars!
- When she finished, a speaker began a short biography
of Mario along with slides projected on the large wall. He used several
pages of notes and enlightened the Kimmel Center subscribers with his narrative.
Clearly the Kimmel members were impressed by what Mario accomplished in
his very short career. They would have been more impressed had the computer
link to the youtube "Nessun Dorma" segment from "Serenade"
worked. He tried several times to download it, but only managed to show
a quick glimpse after the program ended and the lights were on. This was
a major let down to Carole and all of us who wished the rest could see
and hear Mario perform. It would have been the perfect climax. Hopefully
youtube worked for the three presentations (I'm only guessing this was
shown at all four concerts). I asked three more women there who somewhat
resembled Thelma Prince if they might be her, but no luck. I even tried
asking in the elevator, lol!
- Well, the main event was scheduled to start at 3:00 and
so by 2:45 we left to find our seats. The majority of the out of towners
and the rest of our group sat in the first floor level orchestra arena.
There are three tiers surrounding the perimeter of Verizon Hall and they
include comfortable box-like seating. The orchestra level and all three
tiers have stadium style seating at the rear of the vast auditorium. I
had ordered tier three seats, so we were high up, but had a good view of
the majority of the audience. A benefit was observing the excited crowd
reaction. I thought I had ordered a seat facing the stage from the right
side, but I must have misinterpreted the position of the stage on the online
seating chart. We ended up sitting directly above the orchestra, not a
bad vantage point.
- There were quite a few people seated behind the orchestra,
reminding me of Mario's concert at Royal Albert Hall in 1958. As promised,
back to Tim D. He not only purchased a great seat in the front row but
also was easy to spot because of his full head of thick well groomed beautifully
white hair. He has enough to spare for me and two other men!! The orchestra
spent at least fifteen minutes preparing and tuning up. I was very surprised
to spot Joe Smith, a friend of ours who is a top notch clarinet player.
Believe me when I tell you he can play better than Benny Goodman and has
performed for all US presidents since 1964. I've been privileged to sing
to his sweet music when he's featured with the local John Hoey Orchestra,
a very fine group to hear. I knew he played in other orchestras but didn't
know he worked for Peter Nero. You can't miss him with his grey pony tail!
- I can hardly believe I've written this much and am only
up to the beginning of the concert...the "Main Event"!...which
began at 3:05. Everyone was given a Playbill. The front cover has a "That
Midnight Kiss" pose of Mario singing "Celeste Aida" and
below a shot of Nero smiling. He's a handsome man. Inside there is an excellent
four page article on Mario and bios of the four tenors, Nero, and the Philly
Pops. What was missing was the actual program! It was informally announced
by Nero. Naturally each and every vocal number was sung by Mario. The strictly
orchestral numbers were all Lanza related. After a sprightly rendition
of "Funiculi Funicula", Nero welcomed us and did a brief cover
of Mario's life. From the very first, it was obvious that this was going
to be more a fun show than a serious concert. There was nothing stuffy
about this program, as Nero often joked with the audience. It was time
to bring on the tenors, three of whom were past Lanza scholarship winners.
The fourth, Tommy DeHorney, I believe received an honorable mention from
the scholarship competition.
- Cody Austin was first on the bill. Several I talked to
afterwards felt he was a notch above with his powerful and melodic voice.
He was possibly the most expressive with his movements a la Mario. He
sang an excellent "Be My Love" to an arrangement that was fine
though different from the original. He did Mario proud as he forcefully
hit and sustained a thrilling high C. The audience applauded enthusiastically.
Jeffrey Halili was introduced and did the first aria in the program. Before
each aria, Nero asked the audience if they knew the meaning of the title
and waited for answers. In this case it was "Una Furtiva Lagrima"
or "one furtive tear". Jeffrey sings with a lyric quality and
his voice has clarity and finesse. He has the ability to do perfect diminuendos,
taking us from a loud note down to a very quiet one. His dynamics are praiseworthy.
He is expressive with hand and body movements as well. Excellent rendition.
Third to appear was Thomas (who incidentally is the third person in his
lineage bearing that name). He sang "Mattinata". He has a warm,
round quality to his voice. His is a more mellow sound. He sang this popular
song well. "Granada" followed with Jeffrey. Mario came to mind
here as Halili ever so slightly went sharp a couple times with enthusiasm,
a trait Mario often noted about himself. As we all know, this is a rousing
song and Jeffrey did it justice.
- From our vantage point the orchestra at times somewhat
drowned out the vocalists. I wondered if people seeing them from the front
heard them with better. We could see the tenors from only their sides and
backs. Leaning over the protective brass bar in front of our seats added
about fifteen percent to the volume of the orchestra. What followed was
a number which arguably was the best in the program. Concertmaster Michael
Ludwig positioned himself for the suite from "Carmen". This covers
nearly every famous melody in the opera. Ludwig preceded to amaze all with
his dexterity. He handled the violin as if it were part of him. His dynamic
range is exceptional. The softest notes were barely audible while he was
just as able to milk the loudest sounds his instrument could play.
- One could only stare with wonder at his fast fingering,
one other advantage of our seat high above. (Does it sound like I'm trying
to justify buying cheap seats!!) He earned a standing ovation and perhaps
stole the show. Being a tenor fanatic, that's hard for me to say but he
moved your inner being. But back to our focus, the tenor voice. Cody returned
to sing "Torna a Surriento". The audience sighed "ahhhhhh"
in anticipation of the all time great Neapolitan song. Then they said it
in jest a couple more times, after which Cody put the sigh to music with
a quick scale-like "aaaaaaaahhh"! The light and fun air of this
concert....actually as much a show.....continued. Mr. Austin sang deftly
and enthusiastically. When the "Drinking Song" from "The
Student Prince" was announced all were ready for more fun. I saw the
entire audience swaying from side to side, totally enjoying themselves.
I wasn't able to see DeHorney's facial expressions but felt he might have
performed with more abandon. At the very end, the orchestra members in
the back row sprang up holding bottles of beer up in salute. See what I
mean about this being a show?!
- We were anticipating our very own tenor here on the Lanza
forums, Frank Tenaglia, for some time....especially when an orchestral
number separated him from the other tenors. At last he was introduced and
Peter called him a Philadelphia icon! Frank was the first tenor to speak
before singing and thanked his sponsor Slim Fast!!! He immediately won
over the audience with that quip and the humor that followed. The familiar
opening to Mario's third gold record started and signaled "Because
You're Mine" to all fans. Don't ask me why but tears started welling
in my eyes. Could it be that Frank came closer in sound to Mario than the
others? Could it be that, like Mario, he is able to adapt his voice to
a style that befits pop music, the uncovered natural sound which has eluded
the majority of opera singers except a crossover artist Mario Lanza?
- There he stood----a guy years older than the others----singing
so singularly beautifully. I think Frank has something the rest, as wonderful
as they are, were not blessed with. It's sweetness of tone. His voice has
the sweet quality we admire in the Lanza singing voice. I feel Mario's
speaking voice has it as well. Frank has excellent control of his voice.
Going a step further, he probably comes closer to Mario in emoting. When
he attacked the ending, an A sharp, and there was no question that
here is a voice with that all too rare attribute called "squillo"
or ring. Mario had it, other greats had it, and so does Frank. I saw that
none of the singers came close to the recording studio type microphone
center stage, so I wasn't sure if the mike was being used to amplify. If
not, this is the first time I have heard Frank sing without a mike.
- The power of all four voices, then, could be rated as
very close to each other and certainly very capable of projecting well.
Nero said the singers would be given a chance to rest while the Pops played
the gloria, ballet, and triumphal march from "Aida", parts of
which followers of Mario's movies would recognize--like "The Great
Caruso" tomb sequence and the exciting finale from "For the First
Time". Endearing music for sure. Before starting he asked the
orchestra to give him an A. Well, they all said "Aaaaaaa"! I
haven't spoken about the caliber of the orchestra yet. Very simply, I rate
them high on the list. There are approximately sixty players. This is a
totally excellent group of musicians who play with precision, feeling,
and expertise. Very attentive to their leader, they don't look as serious
as some other orchestras I've seen. They actually seem to be having fun.
Philly Pops is a very appropriate name since they play what is popular
and well known. There was hardly a moment in the program that was unknown
to this audience, whether classically or popularly oriented.
- The end of Act One was special because all four tenors
came out to sing "La donna e mobile". Using the now familiar
stage frolic made famous by "The Three Tenors" (Pavarotti, Domingo,
and Carreras), the quartet began entertaining us before singing even one
note. They looked at each other, seeing who would go first, who would take
the next passage, and so on. This was an especially interesting point in
the program because each voice could be instantly compared. I expected
similarity between voices so well trained and having the expertise that
comes with much hard work. The finer aspects of natural tone quality in
each were easier to appreciate here. Yet as much as they were different,
they sounded as one when in unison. I would hazard a guess that Halili's
voice would be easier to separate due to a timbre that is more uncommon.
When they sang "pensier" one after the other and held the
final note until the end, the audience walked away very happy.
- It was approximately 4:15 and we had fifteen minutes
to take care of nature or whatever. Many took advantage of the bar, including
some of our group. Anna and I were too high up and away from ground level
to see the drink prices, but you can probably guess! Act One ran about
an hour and ten minutes, and Act Two timed in at about forty five minutes.
Am I coming off like Fred Day with so much detail?! Speaking of Fred, at
the Museum there was talk about how well he plays and sings, a very entertaining
guy with years of experience as a showman. The second act began promptly.
Nero acknowledged their numerous sponsors and then singled out Lanza celebrities
in the audience which of course included Ellisa and her sons, our two biographers,
Pam, David Weaver, Bill, and also Jill Pasternak--the lady with the rich
and soothing voice who moderated the recent WRTI radio interview of Ellisa
and Derek. Earlier I complimented her on the accuracy of her broadcast.
It is obvious she's a fan and loves Philadelphia. No, she is not related
to Lanza movie producer Joe Pasternak. Nero told us the first number would
be "Una furtiva lagrima" but was corrected by people telling
him it had already been done. He joked about his mistake, saying he should
learn how to turn pages, and introduced Cody to sing "Celeste Aida".
- Typical of his previous performance, he continued with
high caliber singing. He sang a neat trill I'm not used to hearing right
after the climactic note. Jeffrey was next with "La Danza".
He too kept up the standard established. He sang this bouncy song quite
well. At this point we arrived at another absolute highlight. Not only
the chance to hear Nero at the Steinway grand piano but also the chance
to hear Frank's mezza voce. Frank used his "famous" self deprecating
humor to good advantage, getting hearty laughs from the audience. He even
made a crack while Nero played! Nero is a brilliant piano player. His command
of his instrument is astounding. Quick arpeggios, a broad range of dynamics,
full bodied playing, and plenty of flair. He makes it look easy.
- Frank sang this song as if it were second nature and
was particularly sweet. With only a piano, there's no covering mistakes,
and to my ears he nailed it. And this while sitting! I would venture to
say this is the best I've heard him sing "One Alone". The orchestra
joined them at the bridge and orchestra, piano, and soloist captivated
us. Lovely falsetto final note, Frank.
- "Che Gelida Manina" by Thomas followed. He
was very capable as before but I wondered if he had a problem during the
intermission because a few high notes were precarious and sounded a bit
forced. Don't get me wrong, he is a fine artist. I'm being picky. Jeffrey
did something unusual next. He wove German with English singing "Yours
is my Heart Alone/Das ist mein ganzes hertzt". He sounded as comfortable
with the German as the English! I love this melody and hummed along very
quietly. The soft melody swelled to an exciting climax. The "Vesti
la giubba" that followed was somewhat unsettling. Everyone knows this
so well, so I felt very bad for Thomas who just couldn't produce a full
tone for the high notes. I kept my fingers crossed for him near the end.
Cody came out ready to go and gave us his exceptional "Nessun Dorma".
- Remembering the disappointment felt when they couldn't
get Mario singing this aria on screen earlier,
- I hoped he would partly make up for that. He did. He
sang it with familiarity and impressed with long held ending notes. He
was rewarded with the second standing ovation of the afternoon! After that
it was only logical to bring back all the tenors for the finale. They chose
"O Sole Mio", one of the most famous Italian songs, and they
included some nice harmonizing. This time they played off each other even
more. Frank was gremlin-like here as he made comic motions in the background.
It was great fun when they paired up and danced as partners during the
bridges. At two points "O Soooooo-OOOH-le mio" was sung,
putting in notes higher than what is the usual. It happened twice and I
think one was Frank but can't be sure who the other was. There was just
too much sound pouring out. Naturally, the long held combined final note
was an exciting conclusion to a wonderful, wonderful show.
- After the bows, the audience wanted an encore. I
thought it might be a reprise of "O Sole Mio", but instead the
orchestra did a bouncy Sousa march called "The Liberty Bell".
We clapped along from beginning to end enjoying every second. There is
no curtain to bring down on this stage, so we watched the musicians leave.
We exited and looked for friends to discuss the show with. I lucked out
here because we met up with Jim Thompson and his jewel of a wife Dima.
Anyone who has met him knows Jim is also a gem (no pun intended). He's
not only a totally outgoing and friendly guy, but also a very knowledgeable
Lanza fan, a singer, and host of his Internet show "Mario Lanza and
Friends". He and Dima have been together happily for about 23 years.
He told me he's 76, but easily looks ten years younger. I'm sure Dima helps
keep him young. She is winsome, gracious, and a real beauty. Jim and I
talked about singers while Anna and Dima had a chance to get away from
"tenor talk"! I am so envious that Jim heard Bjorling and
Gigli singing live. He has lots of fond memories and keenly speaks about
their performances. He was lucky to hear two of the best! If only he had
heard Mario, he sighed. I sighed along.
- We were pressing our luck by this time, since we had
to be back in the Media area (suburban Philadelphia) in only 45 minutes.
We arrived right on time despite some traffic problems and set up our equipment
to entertain the Penncrest High Class of 1960. Because of all the excitement
of the day, we were full of energy and had no problem singing. We found
that the affair was casual and the men and women were all eager to reunite
with classmates. There was so much interaction that they only used us for
two sets of 45 minutes each, led us to the exceptional buffet, and
ended an hour early to segue to a house party. They paid us very well,
but I only got to hold the check a few minutes!! Musically, I was
sure that after all the talking I had done all day the voice wasn't going
to be so hot, but by the grace of God the sound flowed out of me effortlessly,
including top notes which I hit with ease. How rewarding singing is! Anna
sang beautifully and mingled with the audience, which she likes to do during
some of her specialty songs. By 10:30 we were home, opened the door slowly
knowing that our doggies had been left alone a long time. We gave them
lots of love while they jumped around mom and dad. A great end to a great
day I wouldn't want to change. If I have any regret at all it's that there
wasn't a video of Mario played before, during, or after the show so people
unfamiliar with him could experience his incomparable talent. The good
news is that anyone curious abut Mario can instantly have access to his
incomparable talent by turning on their computers.
- I sincerely hope I haven't totally bored you with this
report, which got way out of hand and took more than two days to write
and assemble! I think that reporting at this length there is a tendency
to be pedestrian and I feel I might have been. I was hoping to paint a
picture so people not able to attend could experience the festivities as
much as we did....short of being there in person. Call me crazy to write
so much, but I will do just about anything to honor the man who has inspired
me for the greater part of my life. I have tried during that life to find
someone living who can equal or even surpass him, who can do what he did
better. But clearly....nobody does it better than Mario Lanza!!!!
- PS. Someone else will have to report on the dinner Carole
Shea and brother Al Gagliardi arranged for over sixty folks after the show.
Sorry we couldn't be there!