Hope; def. – Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

As the summer wanes, we’re all embracing hopefulness about our futures. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken our society through months of profound loss and tragedy. We have all been touched by these losses directly and indirectly. The effects of the pandemic have ravaged beyond sickness and death to include consequences such as unemployment and challenges to commerce, travel and even communication. The artistic world immediately felt the challenges as all group entertainment meetings were shuttered. No theater, no movies, no concerts. While some musical organizations were able to pursue video program formats (including the QSOA), there were typically limited or no audiences present for the performance. The joy of creating a living, breathing art form for a large, appreciative audience, was absent.

As the QSOA returns to a regular performance season in 2021-2022, I want to invite you back to the Morrison Theater to embrace your regional music at the highest level. It’s also important to thank the musicians who valiantly delivered music over the past 18 months wearing masks, sitting 6 feet apart and filled with trepidation. While it hasn’t been easy, it certainly has been vitally important to continue to bring music to our region. We appreciate the crew at WGEM who made so much of our musical outreach possible. We could never have accomplished any broadcast programs without them. As we reflect on our futures, please come and share with us the beautiful music of the 2021-22 QSOA season. I know it will fill the audiences and musicians in their shared partnership with joy and hope.