Thank you to everyone who attended the August 20th Community Forum!

A full report, including a summary of ideas from the breakout discussion groups, will be posted on the website as soon as these can be compiled.

If you have further ideas to share, you can write to Orchestrate Excellence at Please send these by Monday, August 26, for inclusion in the report, although we always welcome ideas and input.

Forum participants indicated an interest in writing to the MOA BoardGovernor Dayton and Mayor Rybak. While we are all passionate about the Minnesota Orchestra and want the lockout to end, letters that are clear and respectful may have greater impact.

If you were not able to attend, you can listen to the live stream recorded by The UpTake, which includes Alan Fletcher’s speech, the Q & A, live interviews, and abbreviated reports from a few of the breakout groups.

Norman Lebrecht’s blog, Slipped Disc, includes a transcript of Alan Fletcher’s speech.

Here are some press reports of the event: MinnPostMinnesota Public RadioStar Tribune

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Over 600 people attended the Orchestrate Excellence Community Forum at Westminster Presbyterian Church on August 20th.
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The Community Forum was well covered by the press; here are MPR reporter Euan Kerr and a videographer from The UpTake, which provided live streaming of the event.
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Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, spoke about the difficulties the Minnesota Orchestra is experiencing and the necessity for the Board, musicians and community to jointly find a way forward.
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After Dr. Fletcher’s speech, participants gathered in small groups to discuss those two key questions: “Does Minnesota want a world-class orchestra, and why?” and “What will you, as a community member, do to support a world-class orchestra, and how?”
Community Forum Draws Huge Crowd