A note to WCSO from Maestro Bennett following the Chan Center performances of UBC Opera's first production of the 2009 - 2010 season, Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi of Puccini:

I would like to thank the West Coast Symphony for the excellent performances of the Puccini operas. It was an amazing feat especially with only 2 note rehearsals and such a challenging opera. I hope the players enjoyed their time and that they feel proud of what they accomplished. I heard numerous superlatives from audience members about the orchestra and its fine sound etc. after each performance. 

Please convey my congratulations to the orchestra.

Dwight Bennett