Stephanie Vlahos  


In Memory of Flora Thornton...
I would like to thank the beautiful and far-seeing Flora Thornton for her support of the arts and of this project. Flora understood how important the element of hands-on outreach can be to an art form such as opera. She understood that no art in this ever-changing culture can compete with the slick veneer of the commercial vehicle unless it is given a proper introduction. Flora understood that opera is really for everyone but it is the job of those of us who understand it and who have been blessed by it to pass it on with all the passion and fervor that is its due. I will be forever grateful for the angel that sat on my shoulder and the friend who understood that despite my confidence in the value of this program, I still needed one person to say "yes!" This film is a dedication to Flora Thornton on the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She will live in our hearts and in the hearts of all those young people who graduated from this program and from LACHSA with very important memories and visceral connections to the arts.


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