Hale conducted Grieg's Norwegian Dances and Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor with no rehearsal and only a few minutes notice. American-Statesman critic Michael Barnes heard "a few frayed transitions" in the Grieg, but the audience greeted the performance with sustained applause.
Bay arrived in time to lead the second half of the program, and later explained that he had had a bad reaction to an anti-inflammatory medication. "It's the most embarrassing thing in my entire conducting career," he said.
Hale said, "I don't know what what was going through my head. I just knew the orchestra could handle the music."