In ones and twos, with a gentle clatter and a dignified bustle, the musicians started to drift onstage. They
moved to their assigned seats or stands, gathered their instruments, and began the muted cacophony of their
individual warm-up procedures. The audience, which had been abuzz with the usual pre-concert conversation,
quieted itself in inverse proportion to the increasing noise from the stage, an air of anticipation rising
from the assemblage and spreading over it like an invisible fog.
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