I am honored and humbled to have the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra present the Japanese premiere of my Symphony No. 3 (The Grandeur of God). For many years I have listened to CD's of the HWO that have thrilled me and which I have found professional and musical. This includes my own music, including my Symphony No.2. So it is with a great amount of pleasure to learn that the HWO is presenting my new symphony for the first time in Japan.
My compositions on this concert represent some 55 years of composing, starting with Sinfonia Noblissima in 1963, up to my Symphony No. 3 in 2018. The fact that this concert occurs just after my 81st birthday is a special gift to me from the HWO, and one that I am especially grateful for