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Minnesota Orchestra shutdown helped smaller groups

January 25, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — During the Minnesota Orchestra's 15-month lockout, attendance for community orchestras and choruses increased steadily.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) reports some music directors say the lockout triggered their increases; others say they don't know the cause.

But they agree that the silence from Orchestra Hall kindled a new appreciation of classical music.

Jennifer Anderson is music director at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. In December 2012, they sponsored a performance of Handel's "Messiah." She says attendance was incredible, even though the $40 ticket price was considered high.

She is also director of VocalPoint Chorus. That group's annual concert in February 2013 drew 700, a big increase over the previous year.

Labor disputes shut down the Minnesota Orchestra in October 2012. Concerts restart Feb. 7.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,



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