Here's a video of the finale, from another performance of the piece, some years back. It features the same soloist, who I would say was even more "on" tonight:
The crowd ate it up.
Another contemporary composer, Illya Levinson, of Columbia College in Chicago, also provided a couple of very enjoyable pieces: Selections From Shtetl Scenes & Klezmer Rhapsody.
It was a great evening of music, and it was heartwarming to be in the audience while my friend got a well-deserved standing ovation.
my compositional hero
deserved a chance to take a pause
and soak up some applause.