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As the beautiful music thundered over me Friday night, I wished all of Victoria could have shared in the moment.

I'm not much of a classical music lover, but the power of Verdi's "Requiem" floored me. The choir and the musicians covered every square inch of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church's stage and caressed and cajoled everyone in the sanctuary with their sound. How could I be hearing this in little ol' Victoria, I thought.

Aprill Brandon wrote a story daily about the Victoria Bach Festival, but the event didn't attract much online comment. Even at the sold-out concert Friday night, just about everyone I talked to before and after had something to say about the scandal involving the district attorney and the indicted city officials. Many said it all was embarrassing for Victoria.

I understand that sentiment, but I hope everyone remembers there's a lot more to the Crossroads region than scandal. I heartily salute everyone involved in the Victoria Bach Festival. (Disclaimer: My wife is a board member, but she'll be the first to tell you others before her did all of the heavy-lifting to make the annual event happen.) How in the world did we end up with Kallen Esperian, winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, singing in Victoria?