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Advocate editorial board opinion: Unique event brings prominence to city

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 7, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.


CONCERTS

Today

Fantasies and Almost Fantasies: Noon, First United Methodist Church, 407 W. Bridge St. (free)

The Fifth Wheel - Quintets: 7:30 p.m. in the Leo J. Welder Center, 214 N. Main St.

Thursday

Pulcinella originals: The music that inspired Stravinsky: Noon, First United Methodist Church (free)

Texas Guitar Quartet: Latin American Inspiration: 7:30 p.m., Leo J. Welder Center

Friday

Bach Blend: Piano and Vibes: Noon, First United Methodist Church (free)

Kick Up Your Heels: Dances For Small Ensembles: 7:30 p.m., Leo J. Welder Center

Saturday

Big Bang Rhythm Party: 1 p.m., Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St. (free)

Roberto Sierra's Missa Latina "Pro Pace" (For Peace): 7:30 p.m., Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

For concert admissions, go to victoriabachfestival.org or call 361-570-5788.

Thirty-five years ago, the Victoria Bach Festival was founded. And this week the event enters its 36th season.

We wish the festival well and pray it continues for years to come.

During all those years of its existence, the Victoria Bach Festival has grown to nationally recognized acclaim.

The festival's Creative Team - the ones who organize the music and find the musicians - include Grammy-nominated conductor Craig Hella Johnson and team members Faith DeBow and Michelle Schumann.

We congratulate the team, Exectuive Director Nina Di Leo, the musicians (including many who are internationally acclaimed), the venues and crews, and all the people behind the scenes who make the festival what it is. And you might ask what significance does the festival have?

The festival is a gem that makes Victoria a fabulous city. And the city certainly is growing, adding more gems to its coffers. The Victoria Bach Festival, you could say, is one of the grandfather gems.

The festival adds character and brings prominence to Victoria.

National Public Radio in previous seasons dubbed it "a Texas treasure" - well described. Every time the Victoria Bach Festival occurs, tourism increases, economy benefits and Victoria becomes wealthier, not only monetarily but in the spirit it projects over the country.

We thank the festival's sponsors: Texas Commission On the Arts, city of Victoria and the O'Connor and Hewitt Foundation.

And we urge you to attend as many of the concerts you can. You will be amazed at the creativity and musicianship presented.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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