“The Mankato Symphony Orchestra has been selected to represent the state of Minnesota in the first-ever national United Symphonies of America! ‘edutainment’ event,” states an unsigned report in Wednesday’s (7/20) KEYC TV (Mankato, MN). “The one-hour online event is scheduled for Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The event will involve one orchestra from each state and interweave musical entertainment with information about how symphony orchestras enrich local communities. According to United Symphonies of America! co-founder Jonathan McPhee, the first-of-its-kind collaborative program has been designed to meet multiple challenges faced by orchestras emerging from the pandemic…. The project will shine a light on the participating orchestras’ community impact programs, such as July 4th Pops performances, Nutcracker events with local ballet companies, educational programs aimed at school children, and collaborative initiatives with galleries, museums and universities. ‘We are thrilled to have been selected to represent the State of Minnesota in this historic initiative,” said Bethel Balge, executive director of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra…. Organizers are hopeful that viewers will be inspired to support their local orchestras by making donations or purchasing promotional t-shirts and hats. Direct links to do both will be provided during the online presentation.” Learn more at https://unitedsymphonies.com/.