My new friend opened the conversation with:
"Rachmaninoff played here, you know."
"He performed here with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra back in the 1920's."
"I can't believe it," I said, "I don't even think of (Rachmaninoff) as real, you know. I think of him more like Santa."
To which he replied, "Hey...Santa's real."
"I know, I know," I said, "It's just they are both so mythological and I haven't met either one of them."
***You can see concert pianist, Olga Kern (who performed Rachmaninoff at the concert I attended) perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 on YouTube here.