October 5, 2020
Building a Foundation with the Minnesota Orchestra
In a normal season, Ned Smith and girlfriend Trudy Dahl would unwind from their busy week at home, with the Minnesota Orchestra’s Friday night broadcast on Classical MPR.
Ned and Trudy met playing in the Minnetonka Symphony. Still registered members, Ned is a horn player and Trudy a flute and piccolo player. “The Minnesota Orchestra is a foundation of our relationship,” says Ned. “It gives us something that we can share together.”
In addition to their favorite classical composers (for Ned: Mahler, Bruckner and Dvorak; and for Trudy: Ravel, Rachmaninoff and Sibelius), both have enjoyed many of the Music and Movie concerts. “It’s a real thrill to watch a movie and have the score played live, especially if you are a person like me who pays attention to a film score,” Trudy says.
Since April, they have stayed connected to the Minnesota Orchestra through much of the new digital content including the at-home concerts that Orchestra musicians have performed and recorded. It was also during this time that Ned and Trudy decided to deepen their engagement with the Orchestra by becoming donors.
Trudy generously turned her on-account tickets funds into a donation to ensure that her investment stayed with the Orchestra during this critical time. She also appreciates the Orchestra's efforts to connect with kids in music programs around the state. As a speech pathologist who works in special education, Trudy has volunteered in the instrument activities offered before Sensory Friendly Concerts. “The arts are vital to a healthy life and can really provide connection and community,” she says. “I really appreciate and am proud that the Orchestra offers these concerts.”
And Ned chose to make a gift knowing there may not be concerts to attend in person this fall:
“The Minnesota Orchestra is a crown jewel of Minnesota. It is so crucial that we all have access to this amazing art.”
When asked how they plan to enjoy concerts this fall, Ned shared they will watch the Twin Cities PBS (TPT) television broadcasts. He says, “It will be fun to be able to watch the Orchestra live on television.”
The Minnesota Orchestra is exceptionally grateful for Ned and Trudy’s generosity and for the nearly 10,000 donors whose generous support sustains this remarkable ensemble.