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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: We're ready to enjoy musical performances

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 29, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.


Victoria gives a lot of support to the arts, especially music. Our hometown hosts a myriad of musical events, and now, one of the biggest celebrations of musical talent is returning for another year.

This year's Victoria Bach Festival runs from Saturday to June 8 in downtown Victoria, starting with the Kickoff Concert at First United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. The festival, which was founded in 1976 by Dr. David Urness, a University of Houston-Victoria professor, has grown into a weeklong celebration of quality classical music that draws talent from around the world to our little corner of Texas.

This year, the festival has the added distinction of being directed by the 2013 Texas State Musician Craig Hella Johnson. Johnson has directed the festival since 1992 and brings with him the talent of the Grammy-nominated choir Conspirare, which he founded in 1991 and continues to lead as artistic director.

This is an exciting event that brings an amazing level of talent and creativity to the Crossroads every year. We applaud the organizers for continuing to make this event a yearly success that brings music to every age group. From June 4 to 8, the festival will feature two concerts a day: The midday concerts or events will be free, and the evening concerts will cost from $20 to $40, depending on the night and seating.

We encourage our readers to get out and support this celebration of classical music and culture. We are privileged to live in a place where a commitment to excellence is expressed in so many ways, including bringing in talent from around the world. Don't squander this chance to hear some of the most beautiful music ever written performed by master musicians. The Bach Festival comes back every year, but the program is never the same.

We know it is customary to wait until after the performance to give a standing ovation, but we are too excited to wait. To all the performers, we say welcome to Victoria. We look forward to hearing your musical talents. To the organizers, we thank you for all of your hard work to coordinate this wonderful event year after year. And to those who plan to attend, we hope you enjoy the show. We know we will.

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

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