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Review for Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Minnesota Sinfonia is the only professional orchestra in the state to offer all of its performances free of admission charges, welcoming children to all performances, and allocating over 50% of its performances to children and their education. According to independent audits and reviews, the Sinfonia allocates over 80% of expenditures to the artistic product. And the quality is superb! Regularly performing to packed houses, often filled with children, the audience makeup is one of the most diverse of any in the classic music field. Anonymous surveys show that approximately 40% of respondents have household incomes below $35,000, and rarely attend other classical music concerts. The orchestra's Music in the Schools works, which is a curriculum based program that relates music content to required academics (and all based on state academic standards) is taken to 18-20 inner-city public schools and over 10,000 children every year - all at no cost to the students or the schools. The Sinfonia raises the money, and then gives this program without charge as part of its commitment to the community and its children.

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