I was talking with a friend before the show, saying that this would be the 4th time for me seeing the piece, but I couldn't recall the details of the second time. I poked around in my collection of programs and learned that I had seen Amici playing the piece in Toronto in Walter Hall in 1994! In addition to Joaquin, David Hetherington was with the group, but they had a different pianist 23 years ago. This is actually Amici's 29th year as an ensemble, which is itself pretty incredible, and I'll try to make one or two concerts next year on their 30th anniversary tour.
Just to contrast how professional and/or slick they have become over the years, here are the covers of the two programs.
I guess I'll close out this mini-meditation on how some events do seem somewhat cyclical by noting that I have a chance to (somewhat) redeem myself with my daughter. Last year, I missed going to her art show at school, so I will make sure I make it this year, even if I have to leave work a bit early. I really did feel quite guilty last year (even though no one had put it on my calendar), and I can't let that happen again.