The latest from Minnesota: "'Osmo may have to leave,' Davis said in a meeting Tuesday with the Star Tribune editorial board. 'The board is resolved to know that that is a risk. Carnegie, the opening of the hall. All three may have to fall.'"
It is time — long past time — for leading figures in Minnesota to take concerted action in the face of the chilling attitude embodied in Richard Davis's comments. The group Orchestrate Excellence has sent an open letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Mayor R. T. Rybak, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, asking for precisely that. "Steps you take over these next few days will determine whether Minnesota continues to be home to an internationally renowned orchestra, or simply hosts a regional orchestra."