Cultivating dynamic musical experiences for Twin Cities and global audiences through impassioned performances of the highest caliber.

The Honorable Mayor Chris Coleman
City Hall
St. Paul

October 25,2012

Dear Mr. Coleman,

Please use your good office to facilitate a quick and just resolution of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra labor dispute.

For many years I have been a SPCO patron and donor.  For over a half century this Orchestra has had a wonderful national and international reputation.  It surely draws highly skilled people and employers to live in St. Paul and others to visit.  It would be hard to over-state the importance of this Orchestra. to the well-being of this city.

I am a retired St. Paul Public Schools teacher and a long time union member.  I continue to be an alternate retiree delegate to the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly.  The heavy-handed lock out has already sullied the reputation of the Orchestra.  It is crucial that the solution to this dispute be a model of fairness and respect.  Otherwise many patrons, donors and musicians might be forced to look elsewhere for their cultural enlightenment.

Mr. Coleman, Please help us get to a good solution.

Walt Handschin
Minneapolis, MN


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