I believe that the arts make us better people. I believe they ennoble us, they enable us to transcend our own limitations, they encourage us in our weaknesses and failures, and they empower us in our pilgrimage through this vast and wondrous and kaleidoscopic adventure we call life. This has been my experience these 38 years with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
I believe that it is possible for a community of like-minded artists – in this case singers and players – to achieve certain exalted forms of expression which none of us could even dream of achieving on our own. The Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony are such a community.
I believe that as performing artists we bear the responsibility of transmitting and communicating to our troubled world rarified and distilled and insightful statements by our civilization’s most visionary and inspired prophetic voices, those prophets being composers and poets and painters and choreographers and film-makers. To be able to communicate these works of art is a privilege as well as a responsibility.
I believe that in a world of war, brutality, poverty and self-interest, the arts speak to us of truth and beauty, integrity and wholeness, serenity and love.
This has always been, and continues to be my personal credo. To have been given the opportunity to live such a life in the arts is a gift for which I am profoundly grateful.
(from my post-concert speech May 8, 2010)