I sincerely wish that you could have joined us at this wonderful festival here in Monterey!
It is a most beautiful setting here on the California coast and the festival is attended by several hundred singers and conductors from the US and abroad. I am sure that Thomas is as pleased as I am with all that has happened during the festival.
I gave an opening welcome to the attendees and then the next day gave an extended talk to several hundred in the audience on my music, poetry and other topics that I felt the attendees would be interested in.
Today Thomas hosted a meet and greet session where I was able to chat informally with several conductors and singers. Tomorrow I will coach a choir from Oklahoma and attend the closing concert.
I had long ago given Thomas names of individuals with whom I have worked in the past from this area and both Cheryl Anderson and her husband are deeply involved as adjudicator and concert recorder. Choral luminaries in the Princeton area whom I also recommended to Thomas will participate in that festival that I will attend as will individuals for the Miami festival.
It has been a real pleasure for me to underscore with the attendees he global importance of the work you and all at INTERKULTUR have done and are doing.
So, I send you my greetings and congratulations on another very successful festival and hope that our paths cross in person before long.