On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, I am pleased to send greetings to all those who are coming to the 43rd National Opera Association Convention.
Opera and musical theater play a vital role in the cultural life of our nation, and it is fitting that this convention revolves around the theme of "Beyond the Year 2000: The Next Generation." We must build all of audiences for the arts in the next millenium to ensure that the cultural legacy that we were given is safely entrusted to the generation to come. This gathering of professionals in opera and musical theater is an important step in that transition.
I encourage all of the visitors to the convention to take advantage of the vibrant cultural scene in Washington and wish you all a great convention.
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