ADDRESS OF WELCOME-SAENGERFEST FESTIVAL

 

June 15, 1870

Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Members of the various musical associations, which compose the Saengerbund of the West, I extend to you, one and all, Ohio’s most cordial greeting.

 

All who are acquainted with the character of the people of this part of the United States know that a wise and energetic effort to promote any of the important useful arts will always command sympathy, support and success.  But your presence at this great musical festival in such numbers and with such enthusiasm, encourages the hope that the fine arts, even in this money-loving age and country, may also be successfully cultivated.

 

Music for the great multitude of its votaries garners no golden harvest, but you are teaching us that it is indeed “its own exceeding great reward.”  As we listen here to you we are persuaded, with one of the wisest living authors, to believe that “beauty, truth and goodness are not obsolete,” that “they spring eternal in the human breast,” that “the everlasting Spirit, whose triple face they are, molds from them forever for his mortal child images to remind them of the Infinite and Fair.”

 

You come to lift us, for a brief season, by your miracles of music, above the sordid and the selfish, and we know that we’ll warmly greet you, and to bid you, as I do now, welcome—thrice welcome to Ohio.