Sadly the premiere in Lyon with “The man who mistook his wife for a hat” was to be the only performance that we will have here. Due to the horrible acts of violence and terrorism in Paris, all of our remaining shows were cancelled yesterday, in respect of the dead and their families. It’s a country struck with terror and destruction, and even though I am not in the city where it happens, it affects me and my colleagues’ in such a profound way. I really understand why they decided to cancel the shows, but still, it’s sad that the terrorists in a way got exactly what they wanted. They wanted to spread fear, chaos, grief and pain. And by not performing up to 4 days after this incident, we of course show respect for all the grieving families and friends out there, but we also decide to stop doing what society now even more than before needs, making beautiful art. Art that transports people, that brings them out of the harsh reality, and just for a moment maybe, brings them to a place of peace.
If we still were permitted to perform in these sad days following the horrible attacks, I know we would have made music with every fiber of our being, as Bernstein so perfectly put it: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before”