Just as audiences pack the halls at HPAC for our orchestral concerts, so too was the audience filled for our small concert of Mendelssohn at the art museum this afternoon. They sat only four feet from us, in front, on the right and left. There is no hiding in times like these; the audience is already in that space in the lungs where a held breath retreats. And so there is no choice but to release into those around you. To give them what you have to offer.
We still have a lot to learn, individually and as a group. I think that as long as we are honest, this will always be true. But to have the calm, accepting, supportive presence of a trusted audience to guide us is a real gift. They are the silence that bridges the insecurity of want. And as much as we persistently work for more, we have so much to give already. It is such a pleasure to be able to play for others and open this channel of trust. Thank you for coming. Thank you for listening.