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Students receive a lesson in gratitude from MN Orchestra musicians

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.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Elizabeth Erickson on 10/07/2013 - 01:01 pm.

    lessons in gratitude

    This letter says it all. What a fine example of community service our world class musicians are showing young people over and over again.

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