The attendance was a disgrace. I wonder whether your cutting so far back on classical music concerts may be having the unintended result of discouraging some of us from subscribing to the series as a whole--as I did this year, after c. 35 years of subscribing. I was also disappointed that there were no program notes. These might make neophytes feel more comfortable with the music and are a good genre for graduate students to master. They nearly always have something significant to add to the experience of attending concerts.
JVN was amazing (of course), but I did not love the woman moderating- she didn't ask great questions, or valuable follow up questions. I didn't want to learn about hair for 90 minutes, I wanted to hear him talk about his story and the impact he has been making on the world through his projects and the show QE. I think the moderator removed a lot of value from this talk which was very unfortunate considering how amazing JVN is.