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The Making of The Refuge
Laura Chandler, Editorial Director, Houston Grand Opera
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Editor's Note: This article describes Houston Grand Opera's journey towards the creation of The Refuge, the first work commissioned as part of their community-involved partnership entitled Song of Houston. Song of Houston is a program that connects Houston Grand Opera's creativity with the vibrant history of Houston's communities. This piece was originally published in the October 2007 issue of Houston Grand Opera's magazine, Opera Cues.

The best ideas arrive on butterfly wings; they alight for a moment and then they are gone, unless they are captured, thought about, mulled over. They are not sharply defined at first; rather, they take shape gradually. They don't always bend to the will of the captor; instead they escape, fluttering and sometimes soaring above. They don't always bend to the will of the captor; instead they escape, fluttering and sometimes soaring above. HGOco, Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) new initiative for creating partnerships within the community; Song of Houston, HGOco's ongoing project to tell Houstonians' own stories in music and words; and The Refuge, the first work in the Song of Houston project all began with a flutter, but they have already taken HGO in directions the company never dreamed.

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