Tonight we made our St. Petersburg debut in the Mariinsky 11 Concert hall. The hall is a project of Valery Gergiev, opened in 2006 and built on the site of the Kirov warehouse which burned in 2003. Acoustics are by Toyota ( of Disney Hall fame), there are 990 seats which is just about perfect. As we said in Moscow, Russian audiences are a bit hard to read, but they seemed quite thrilled by the end. For an encore we did our Rachmaninoff piece from Christmas, as it's now Christmas here in Russia. The audience got very quiet and seemed to like that a lot. We did interviews for TV before the show, then interviews from the live webcast which a lot of people seem to have seen, and thought it was great. So whew. 8 of us went in the afternoon for a 2 hour guided tour of the Hermitage which is, of course, mindblowing. At -6 degrees here, it was better to do an indoor activity. Our 4 days in Russia sped by; we're sorry to leave so soon, and hope that we will be back.

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