Good afternoon, and thank you for being with us today.
This promises to be a wonderful concert in a very special venue.
I am deeply grateful to the New York Philharmonic, its Music Director Alan Gilbert, the President of the New York Philharmonic, Matthew VanBesien, featured soloist Anthony McGill, and all the performers today.
I would also like to pay special tribute to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.
He has stood by me for the past almost five years.
I have benefitted from his counsel, his compassion and his humour.