Bruce Ridge, chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, addresses distortions and misstatements on the part of the Minnesota Orchestra board and its press allies: "Numerous orchestras have seen increased attendance and record fundraising. The true story to be told is how well orchestras have weathered the recession, demonstrating once again the viability of our nation’s artistic organizations. Managements and musicians in numerous orchestras have settled agreements with modest increases in the past 12 months. Why aren’t Minnesotans being provided with these facts that demonstrate sustainability? Don’t you deserve to know these facts when forming your opinions?"