MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans from all over are encouraged to attend a community forum on Tuesday discussing the Minnesota Orchestra’s future.

The forum, organized by Orchestrate Excellence, is planned for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

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The night will begin with a keynote address by Alan Fletcher, CEO and President of Aspen Music Festival and School. Afterwards, Fletcher will answer questions from the audience.

“The fundamental questions Minnesotans must answer are, ‘Does Minnesota want a world-class orchestra, and why,’” Fletcher said in a statement. “The community should know its answer to these questions as dialogue moves forward.”

Attendees will also participate in smaller “breakout” sessions to discuss key questions in depth. The groups will then share their conclusions with the broader audience at the end of the evening.

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“For more than 100 years Minnesotans have supported our Minnesota Orchestra,” forum facilitator Richard Carlbom said. “Orchestrate Excellence is confident that this gathering can initiate a broader dialogue concerning the ways the community can invest time, talent and resources to help our orchestra thrive in the future.”

Westminster Presbyterian Church is located on 1200 Marquette Avenue South. You can RSVP to the event here.

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have been locked-out since Oct. 1, 2012. They recently announced a September show at the Lake Harriet bandshell.


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