In some concerts a magical sense of connection happens ... this was one of them. Maybe part of it was that we wound up front-row, center stage and could see every nuance of his facial gestures and those of his musicians, including Charlie, the drummer, who thrilled the audience when he stood up with a Fresno Bulldogs t-shirt on ... and played one of the longest, most exciting drum solos I've heard for decades.
Perhaps the biggest thrill for me was when Yanni repeated, in his deep, Greek-tinged voice, his statement from "Live at the Acropolis,"
"I want you to remember one more thing: Every great thing that has ever happened to humanity since the beginning has begun as a single thought in someone's mind. And, if any of us is capable of such a great thought, then all of us have the same capacity because we're all the same."
In one concert we got great music, a display of true generosity and musical collaboration and a deep wish for peace and creativity in our world. Here's a sample of Yanni: