Today's edition of The Columbian newspaper featured by preview of Brahms' German Requiem,which the Vancouver USA Singers will perform with orchestra this weekend. You can read the article here.
After the preview appeared in the paper this morning, I was notified (by the editor) of a nice letter from a reader:
Dear Mr. Bash,
As a 36 year member of the Vancouver USA Singers ( I was a member under
the direction of the founder, Bill Slocum) I want to thank you for your
excellent article in the Life section of today's Columbian. Your summary
and primer of the work, the composer's motivation and his understanding
of the universality of what he had written, were outstanding. I think
the Columbian is fortunate to have you writing for them.
Thank you for your contributions to Vancouver, to the arts, and for
highlighting our rapidly evolving choir and it's place in the Portland
area performing arts community. As regards the choir, I think the best
is yet to come.