The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 29, 2013

Politics destroying Minnesota Orchestra


The Mankato Free Press

---- — The dumbing down of Minnesota continues apace. Generally seen in state politics, it is now destroying our collective arts icon — The Minnesota Orchestra.

This group was set to attain greatness beyond that of its predecessor, The Minneapolis Symphony, due in no small measure to an extraordinary music director.

In the face of this, the board’s initial financial offer was a bloody insult, setting the stage for the bitterness and for the lockout.

Too many musicians have already left, logically finding places where they will be appreciated.

I haven’t been to Orchestra Hall (I preferred Northrop Auditorium) for a long time. Does the outside still look like the deck of a tramp steamer?

Never mind, the renovation inside will make us feel better. But what kind of shadow ensemble will appear on stage?

Walter O. Jones

Lake Crystal