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The answer may be found in a story in The New York Times earlier this week that profiled the San Francisco Opera Company, which like many such institutions is being challenged by a tough economy.

Consider this quote from Pamela Rosenberg, general director of the S.F. Opera:

“We are not going to get through this economic downturn and come out the other end by replacing quality with mediocrity. If we are going to be worthy of support, we have to make a difference in people's lives.”
KC's View:
Words to live by. And thanks to MNB user Gail Ginther for bringing it to our attention.