Feeling pinched, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra may go part time

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 11, 2012 - 10:50 PM

St. Paul ensemble is negotiating with musicians, might cut their workweeks.

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mahogma66Jun. 11, 12 9:23 PM

When a society begins to crumble and decline,it's art and culture are the first things to go.

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mblaineJun. 11, 12 9:27 PM

The USA became the richest country in the world, but to what purpose if we can't even maintain our cultural institutions?

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xyzzy72Jun. 11, 1210:21 PM

Here we go with the unions again. Uncompromising, except for token reductions, and unwilling to face reality.

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PhilCrossJun. 11, 1210:23 PM

Let's divert money from the Twins and Vikings stadiums.

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jpcooperJun. 11, 1210:25 PM

mblaine "The USA became the richest country in the world, but to what purpose if we can't even maintain our cultural institutions?"

SPCO is struggling with declining attendance aka ticket sales. If you enjoy the SPCO, support it. Buy Season tickets! In addition, they accept cash donations. Your investment can make a difference. There are 35 musicians looking for a raise to $78K annually for a minimum pay musician for 30 weeks of work that need your money

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hugelatsJun. 11, 1210:40 PM

Seems to me like that's an awfully high salary to not be working 52 weeks. They should be happy with $56k and the opportunity to moonlight in the off-season if they see fit.

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newpaperJun. 11, 1211:08 PM

Well, gee. They're practically giving away their concerts ($60 a year for unlimited concerts) and NOW they have a money problem??

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jameswallaceJun. 11, 1211:40 PM

Are large numbers of orchestras even relevant anymore? There are hundreds of digital recordings with many differences in nuance from which to choose. Do we really need to maintain group upon group to make yet one more Beethoven's 5th or Vivaldi's Four Seasons? We need to separate issues of civic pride from the practicalities of how people really access music now.

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mchristiJun. 12, 12 3:32 AM

@jameswallace, recordings are just not the same as live music. There is a real power to a live performance, a vibrancy and a completeness that recordings don't have. Recorded music opens up a whole wide world of pieces and performances I would never hear otherwise, but live music is something else entirely. It's electric and magic. Why have art museums and keep those paintings around any more, when we could just look at prints in books or images on the internet? The real thing does indeed mean something. Yes, orchestras are relevant. It would be a deep loss if we were to find them rare and replaced by recordings.

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Thumper5316Jun. 12, 12 7:33 AM

Again, it's the unrealistic demands of a union.

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