Today’s letter first appeared in the MinnPost letters section
As Carnegie Hall slipped away and Osmo Vänskä resigned, the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra kept a date to play. That’s what professionals do when an audience is waiting — afar in a celebrated hall, or at home in a high-school auditorium.
On the anniversary of the lockout, student musicians settled into seats at Hopkins High School to listen and learn. They got more than Beethoven played by a world-class orchestra. They got a lesson in gratitude. Greatness is not a straight line, it’s a circle. The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra understand this. Their unwavering commitment to community is not about selling tickets — when you’re the best you don’t have to beg to be noticed. Serving their community is a responsibility and a privilege they welcome and require. Now, with management out of the way, the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are free to keep the circle intact.
Kristin Parker, Minneapolis