Brian's debut in a professional music director role was yesterday with the Tucson Masterworks Corale and it was inspiring. I was so proud to watch him up there and he really did a wonderful job with the chorus — they had a great challenge in the pieces he selected, and much of the music was quite different from that they were used to, but they really enjoyed it, and the audience did too. It was all so beautiful.
After the concert was over, everyone in the chorus told Brian how much they enjoyed the challenge and enjoyed his enthusiasm and passion. One man wanted to make sure that he continued on with the intensity and passion that he had for them, which I'm certain he will. He called him the next Robert Shaw. Which I believe is true. One woman also thought of him as her son. It was all very impressive and I was told many times that I had a good one there and was lucky to have him and to not let him go.