Today my classic music station posted this link on their FB page - Greece's national symphony & chorale are being shut down. They gave a performance and here is a clip of Elgar's Nimrod and the Greek National Anthem:
Obviously the TV camera operator closed in on the faces of the most emotional musicians and chorusters. Imagine if this was the London Symphony Orchestra shutting down entirely - or any other beloved institution. These are clearly the artists who don't earn glamorous salaries - they do this because they love music.
While we may disagree with some of the Greek politicians' policies, I grieve that so many institutions are suffering - not just in Greece but also in Spain (Barcelona Ballet) and Italy (everything but La Scala).
Then in places like Egypt - the problem is the fundamentalists running the government. The Cairo Opera House recently announced a strike in support of the fired AD, in an incredibly emotional moment on the stage when the curtain rose for the opera Aida:
I wish I knew what to do that would actually be helpful.