I remember when we did the Tchaikovsky (concerto), he just flew. We weren't used to that. But when we do things like that, it makes the orchestra grow.

It's very visual and has audience appeal.

It's something I heard at a convention in Chicago. David Warble has championed this piece. When we heard we could get him as a conductor, I thought that would be great. I didn't know George Takei would be part of the deal.

The 'Ruslan' overture -- I can't think of any more dynamic opening for the season than that.