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Salo concert photoWhat’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.

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 percent,” 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!”