There really was not any need for alcohol at the after-performance presentations to David Epstein in Lobdell. Rarely has such a massive crowd seemed so high, and without the slightest of harmful side effects. And the praise for David Epstein was lavish.
Peter Child, head of Music and Theatre Arts, paid tribute to "one of our country's most sophisticated thinkers about music," who had led the orchestra "through a great many peaks, of which tonight's is one of the most memorable and moving." Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Philip S. Khoury named Epstein a Senior Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at MIT.
Bonny Kellermann '72 presented a folder of photos and memories of the Symphony from a large number of alumni, many in attendance at the event. The alumni also donated $5000 to the orchestra in Epstein's honor. Orchestra President John Erlich G said "thank you for the wonder, the joy you have given us," and presented him with a copy of the Ninth Symphony score, signed and with comments from members of the orchestra, and also with a CD specially produced for the occasion with performances by the MIT Symphony Orchetra.
An overwhelmed David Epstein praised the way the Symphony learned from him, adding, however, that "the secret is that I learn more from you." He quoted Duke Ellington: "I not only love you; I love you madly."