"There are many orchestras in trouble and some are even disappearing, even though the cost of one jet fighter would wipe out the deficits of all the European orchestras for 10 years. It is grotesque when cost-cutting is always at the expense of the arts. This work defines the culture in a given place at a given time. When the names of politicians are long forgotten, the people who made that culture will not be... Plato, Rubens, Beethoven, Shakespeare…"
-- Lorin Maazel, 2011