Minn. Orchestra deficit: $2.9M

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2011 - 11:13 AM

The Minnesota Orchestra had a $2.9 million shortfall this year on a budget of $30 million.

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forwardprideDec. 6, 11 2:47 PM

One good orchestra is worth ten sports teams, and we have one of the best orchestras in the country. Priorities, people. Without culture the human race is an ant colony.

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otvallsDec. 6, 11 3:12 PM

The Minnesota mantra to mismanage money: "it's another budget". The Orchestra has a three million dollar deficit and is getting ready to spend nine times more, plus the costs of playing for one year in an inadequate venue.

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allstar919Dec. 6, 11 3:24 PM

I agree that an orchestra is worth a lot more than a sports team. I'm certain my ancestors from Germany would be disappointed to learn that we have greater reverence for Joe Mauer than J.S. Bach.

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rlundl02Dec. 6, 11 3:47 PM

Do you think it's wise to elevate one entertainment option by putting down another? I don't think you draw more people to the Orchestra by doing so. And it's exactly the type of attitude that makes prospective Orchestra attendees intimidated. I enjoy going to the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Twins. The Orchestra has funding problem. It's not insurmountable.

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soupcanDec. 6, 11 3:47 PM

While I agree that having a world class orchestra is a priority, Orchestra hall doesn't bring 70,000 people into the seats every Sunday or 40,000 into the seats for 81 games like the Vikings and the Twins do, whether you like it or not pro sports is just as important.

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mav132Dec. 6, 11 3:50 PM

The orchestra is a tremendous asset to the community, and I hope the financial people can figure ways to turn this around - deficits aren't unusual to orchestras around the country. Attending concerts is discretionary spending, and when the economy is hurting, it is not surprising when attendance levels drop. One way to economize would be to decrease the number of mailings to patrons - they come very frequently.

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jpcooperDec. 6, 11 4:08 PM

$30M budget (48%) $14.4M for players salary and benefits, 100 players, $144K per player. 5 year contract is up. Let me guess, the Union will want more!

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perryppDec. 6, 11 4:16 PM

Give now if you have the money. Perryp

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forwardprideDec. 6, 11 4:40 PM

"whether you like it or not pro sports is just as important." You're confusing popularity with importance. Big difference.

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mpls5555Dec. 6, 11 6:11 PM

The story is missing an important element - the salaries of the performers. I hope they are paid well, but if jpcoopers comment is correct - $144k seems a little steep, especially considering it's probably a labor of love for many of them. Most people don't like their job but toil away every day for much less.

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