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Houston Grand Opera Reaches out to Those Affected by Energy Sector Downturn

Oil, gas, and opera are not usually seen as being connected, but in the Houston area, they have a close relationship. That’s been made apparent by a recent announcement by Houston Grand Opera.


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Houston's Wortham Center, the home of Houston Grand Opera
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Houston’s Wortham Center, the home of Houston Grand Opera
It's subscription renewal time for Houston Grand Opera and the company’s Managing Director Perryn Leech says they’ve quickly noticed a trend.

"We started to pick up on a vibe here of people being unsure about whether they would be still in a job in six months," Leech says. "And once we heard that vibe, we talked about it internally and said, ‘This is something important.'"

So, they announced that they'd offer free subscription renewal for energy industry employees who have been laid off. A lot of them have been long-term supporters and HGO wanted to return the loyalty.

"(Some) people have been subscribers for fifteen years. It's not their fault they've lost their jobs," Leech says. "There's been an economic downturn, especially in the oil and gas areas. So we wanted to be able to respond to that."

The opera company did something similar in 2002 for employees affected by the Enron demise and had a positive response from a handful of appreciative people. The offer applies to previous subscribers who have been laid off within the past three or four months.