A LOVE LETTER TO MAINE AND TO MUSIC
It is with a grateful, but sad, heart that I extend a farewell to MPBN and to Maine. My six years as Music Director and host of Morning Classical Music have been some of the most intense, exciting, beautiful and creative of my career. This state, as we know, is full of talented, sincere and actively engaged people, and I am blessed to have gotten to know so many of you.
I am a firm believer in embracing life and all that it offers. My next step, to WFMT in Chicago where I will continue to celebrate the arts and music, would not have come about without support and encouragement from all of you, listeners and loved ones, my peers in the arts community across Maine, and my colleagues at MPBN.
I remain humbled by being welcomed into the daily lives of listeners across the state, and sharing our mutual love of music over the radio airwaves. Your dedication, loyalty and kindness are sources of inspiration to me and will remain so in the years ahead. I will always be a faithful fan and supporter of the arts in Maine!
I write this letter to ask you to join me in that support. If you value music on public radio, please become active in your public broadcasting station, MPBN. In a world where arts education opportunities and budgets are continuously cut, society is in danger of losing access to the things that remind us of our humanity and allow us to actively open our minds and think creatively, seriously and peacefully. If you value poetry and the sound of Bach and our local ensembles and talented musicians, please, share your ideas and your financial support with MPBN. Public broadcasting will be able to support the arts only as long as there are people who support public broadcasting.
I know, with unshakable certainty, that our paths will cross again. Franz Schubert once wrote, "Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same." And so it is that the people of Maine have helped me find my voice and will remain an ongoing influence on my own life and career. An die musik!