I got lucky. One of our book club members was going out of town and had a concert ticket to sell. Lang Lang, the sensational young Chinese pianist, was in Paris for a sold-out performance with the Paris Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel. I jumped on it.
Lang Lang's performance of Beethoven's Concerto for piano #3 was fabulous. The dialogue between soloist and orchestra was delicate and balanced, weaving a melodic partnership that ranged from the softest pianissimo to a heroic fortissimo. The acoustics are sublime in the Salle Pleyel, and even from my seat in the balcony, I could see very well.