Ken Huber, a local pianist recently retired from Carleton College, has summoned a public forum tomorrow:
Please excuse this mass email as this is not usually my style. But I wanted to alert you to a huge Community Forum that I will be partially hosting in Minneapolis this Tuesday evening, August 20, at 6:30 pm CDT. It is sponsored by Orchestrate Excellence, a coalition of Twin Cities citizens who came together in December to try to bring the voice of the community to the very difficult situation facing our world-class Minnesota Orchestra, which has been locked out by management for 11 months. It is indeed a most difficult and trying situation and has garnered the attention of the media and music lovers from around the world. There is still no glimpse of negotiations going on though George Mitchell is trying to bring both sides together as I write to try to come up with terms to begin talks.
My committee is hosting a Community Forum to bring citizens together to try to weigh in on the future. Through my efforts we have secured Dr. Alan Fletcher, the President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School to be our Keynote Speaker. I shall also be giving opening remarks and introducing Dr. Fletcher, who will be interviewed on The Daily Circuit on MPR (www.mpr.org) the news show which is streamed on line on Tuesday from 9 AM-noon CDT should you be interested.
You can also watch a live stream of this Forum if you log on to www.theuptake.org about 6:25 pm CDT that evening, Tuesday. And as I understand it, it will be available for viewing at that website for a week or two after.
So please take advantage of this opportunity to hear Yours Truly speak and moreover to hear Alan Fletcher’s address about one of the most difficult situations facing the cultural life of this nation. He promises to bring a very tough but optimistic message.
Let me know if you have questions, although as Chair of this Forum, life around here is like Grand Central Station, as you can imagine!
Thanks and stay tuned,