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May 30, 2013

Notebook: Boy in Blue dedication moved inside; Freed staying with MSO

Today's dedication of phase one of the Boy in Blue Memorial has been moved inside.

The dedication event -- which is called Decoration Day in Lincoln Park and modeled after turn-of-the-century Decoration Day events -- will be held 6-8 p.m. at St. John's Parish Life Center, 709 S. Broad St.

The event includes a recitation of the Gettysburg Address, music, costumed interpreters and ice cream social.

Freed staying with MSO

Though Ken Freed will stay on as the conductor of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, he and his wife have already relocated to Seattle.

One of many former Minnesota Orchestra musicians who have relocated during a mass exodus spurred on by a bitterly contested contract dispute that has caused an entire season to be canceled for the first time in the orchestra's 110-year history, Freed said he will be exploring new career options and serving as a substitute with the Seattle symphony.

Yet, he said he remains committed to his work the Mankato orchestra.

"I'm delighted with what's going on," Freed said of the MSO. "The work we're doing stands in stark relief in comparison to everything else that's going on."

The MSO's next performance is Rockin' By the River on June 22 at Riverfront Park. Freed said he will not be among a group of former Minnesota Orchestra musicians holding a sold out chamber music concert at 8 p.m. on Friday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.

New, cooler WAC

Work continues on the new Waseca Art Center.

Thanks to a recent donation from the W.H. and Estelle Rethwill Fund, the new, two-story art center is nearly halfway toward meeting its $10,000 goal for installing an air conditioner. Remodeling of the basement into studio and educational space also continues with funds provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

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