All choir, band, and orchestra students from grades 7 through 12 were treated to a live orchestra concert in the Forest Lake High School auditorium on Feb. 20.
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, even though their official concert could not occur as planned, came as scheduled. Some musicians were busy performing elsewhere and could not come, but substitutes took their spots. Bass player Bill Schrickel conducted.
Originally arranged by Minnesota Orchestra management, the event was canceled due to the contract dispute, but the musicians contacted the school to say the concert was still on their calendars. The last time Forest Lake hosted an outreach concert was about 10 years ago.
FLHS orchestra conductor David Livermore said a concert like this normally has a huge budget, underwritten by large corporations.
This performance cost $3,000, to cover expenses for the substitute musicians, and the money came from Hallberg Marine, First State Bank of Wyoming, Rosenbauer, Yamaha, and The Music Connection.
The Forest Lake Area Music Boosters fed the musicians lunch, with help from Walmart, Keys Cafe, Starbucks, and Subway.