Don added, “What is the connection? We’re all shaped by defining moments. At every stage of life there are defining moments.”
As he did during his illustrious career, Don gave way to others who spoke for him about his life and achievements and some of those important defining moments.
Bob arranged for excerpts of Defining Moments to be read by a local actor, alternating humorous stories with wonderful musical selections offered up by an a cappella group in the form of a madrigal ; a number of orchestral selections performed by members of The Santa Rosa Youth Symphony Orchestra, featuring woodwinds (a Bach in C major, as I recall) in one segment, and horns in another; and lastly, a powerful pipe organ presentation .
It was a day to remember as we all came together at Don’s beloved music center, forming a diverse community of technocrats and artists, to support Don and his love of music in another defining moment . . .
 The term “a cappella” is a form of musical presentation featuring choral music without instrument accompaniment. The word originates in Italy and literally means “in chapel style.” The six voices that sang during the book launch presentation were able to “tune” with one another and the music hall, as they offered up a beautiful madrigal, composed by Englishman John Wilbye, in 1601 AD. A madrigal was the most important non-religious form of music during the 15th and 16th centuries. This form of music gave way to opera (arias) in the 17th century.
 The pipe organ was transferred from Toledo, Ohio, and is a permanent fixture of Schroeder Hall’s stage-end wall. This rare instrument, housed in the custom-built organ balcony, is a 1,248-pipe Brombaugh Opus 9. “Built of red oak with accents of rare woods, the organ’s metal pipes range in size from 16 feet long to some smaller than a pencil,” according to an SSU website. “With 19 stops and 29 ranks on two manual divisions and pedal, the organ sounds both forceful and sweet.” Everyone should hear Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring on this pipe organ in the acoustically “perfect” Schroeder Hall.