We live in a magnificent world in which it is our natural assumption that we may freely congregate in order to celebrate the wonder and magic of man's creativity on evenings such as this.
The events last night in Paris are a vivid reminder that mankind is also capable of acts of horrifying atrocity. The music we play stands in contrast to such inhumane violence and reminds of the heights to which we can all rise together. We would like to dedicate tonight's performance to the victims of last night's tragedy.
I would ask that following the Webern Langsamer Satz , a love song to all humankind, that we remain silent, contemplate, and hold any applause. From that moment on let us experience defiantly and whole-heartedly the beauty and joy of great music while we celebrate the idea that good will always prevail over evil.