...before the final rehearsal,
Was there a wrong note hit now and then? Yes. Of course. But every mini-tangle was followed by a spectacular recovery (teaching students how to gracefully recover from a missed note and go on ranks in importance right up there with sight-reading). And as I endlessly preach to my students, a mini-tangle or two in no way spoils a piece that's beautifully performed as a whole. And, as I also preach to my students, even if they hit every note of their piece wrong at the end of their performance they should still smile and take a nice bow to thank their audience for listening.
We have a summer-recital tradition that whether we soar or crash, after we've all performed our pieces we head over to Foxboro Pool for a pot-luck cook-out and pool party,