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Chatting with Paul Beutel (cont.)
By Rob Faubion

AOS.com:  What do you wish the general population better understood about the role of The Long Center in Austin’s community?

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P.B.: People need to understand that we are here for all of Austin.  Yes, we are the home for such classical art forms as the symphony, ballet and opera.  But between our two theatres, we attract a wide diversity of
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audiences for performances as varied as Cirque Dreams and Video Games Live to those by our quality, smaller and mid-sized arts groups like Teatro Vivo, Women and Their Work and Austin Shakespeare.  
    They also need to understand that we exist because of the support of the people of Austin - both in their ticket purchases and their contributions.  We do not receive any significant governmental subsidy.  We are supported by the citizens of Austin.

AOS.com: What should Austin expect from The Long Center during the next 12 months?

P.B.:  People should expect to see a variety of outstanding performances from both Austin performing arts organizations as well as touring artists and companies.  They should also expect an unsurpassed level of customer service - from the moment they purchase their ticket to the time when they are leaving the theatre following the performance.


    The Long Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its first anniversary with a gala party and concert - starring award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Broadway star Linda Eder - on Thursday, February 26th.  For information and tickets, call (512) 474-LONG (5664) or visit www.TheLongCenter.org.
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