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Minnesota Orchestra plans Orchestra Hall renovation

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The proposed renovation project would add choir seating to the stage at Orchestra Hall. The seats would act as on-stage seating for non-choral events, giving select audience members the "best view in the house."
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Since 1974, Orchestra Hall has been a fixture in downtown Minneapolis.  On Monday the Minnesota Orchestra announced plans to give the building a major upgrade.  The $90 million project would add space to the building's lobbies, adjust the hall's acoustics and install a choir loft behind the orchestra. 

The announcement is the first step down a long road.  The project has no architect, and wouldn't break ground until 2009.

All Things Considered host Tom Crann talked to Paul Grangaard, chair of the Minnesota Orchestra's board, about the project's goals.