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Jan Fillmore: Concerts in the Park

What''s a summer without a concert in the park? That’s the question Jan Fillmore asked last fall when she started the Evolve class. She knew that music was an essential element of a good quality of life in a community.

St. Anthony Village has hosted the Salo Park Summer Concert Series for several years. Residents of the area run the series and this year, Jan was the chair of a small committee charged with planning it. Jan had ambitious goals: Increase the ethnic diversity of the music, increase publicity, increase attendance, and improve overall satisfaction with the concerts.

The series ended last Thursday on a high note with Ecuador Manta, an Andean band with traditional rhythms from south America and pan flutes echoing over the pond on a beautiful summer evening.

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The series included community bands, smaller ensembles, and soloists, and represented a variety of musical genres: folk, country, rock, blues, pop, jazz and classical. “The Salo Park amphitheater is a favorite venue for many of these groups who want to return year after year; we have more groups who want to play here than we have space for with a 10-concert series,” says Jan.

“We increased the number of people at this year’s concerts compared to last year by 20%,” says Jan. “People loved the variety in the music. We received many very positive comments. By all measures it was a success. I was grateful for the support my Evolve classmates provided in keeping me on track in the planning process. Now on to next year!”

 

 

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