"I have the honor of opening each concert. I walk out on the stage, pick up the microphone and begin with “Good evening and welcome…”. What is uniquely special about performing this opening event are the musicians behind me. Each of these musicians has devoted their lives to their craft. They have chosen music above most other priorities in their lives to challenge themselves to attain a level of performance they haven’t reached until this night. Ever practicing, rehearsing and learning, musicians never settle. They strive to improve. Whether our musicians have a bachelor degree, masters or PhD, they are students perpetually striving to perform each piece as the composer intended their composition to be performed. I am proud of the Corona Symphony Orchestra Team and look forward to the next time I have the honor to stand before them."