Minn. Orchestra musicians plan to go solo

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2012 - 8:34 AM

The Minnesota Orchestra's locked-out union players are trying to rent a venue and put on a concert in mid-October.

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srossOct. 2, 12 6:00 PM

This is a so depressing in so many ways for the entire state, not just the Twin Cities. However, more and more horror stories are being learned from across the U.S. in terms of our major orchestras. The end game is not pretty as one of the great joys of life is crushed by a society largely no longer willing to support that which makes us a special place to live.

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momax4Oct. 2, 12 6:43 PM

I applaud the effort put forth by the extraordinary Minnesota Orchestra musicians! Management obviously has little respect for ticketholders, donors, and patrons by canceling concerts through December. If the orchestra has agreed to arbitration or negotiating while playing, management should step up!

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schnikeysOct. 2, 12 7:14 PM

Ticket price = $4 million a seat

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suzukisvOct. 2, 12 9:14 PM

Great idea! Make this happen and everyone will know who's really expendable and unecessary in this negotiation: management!

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furguson11Oct. 2, 1210:13 PM

Interesting experiment. I guess they'll discover if they can run an orchestra any better than management.

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lasagnacatOct. 3, 12 5:24 AM

Sort of an interesting gambit considering the musicians' claim that lower pay will decrease the quality of their performance. I doubt they're getting paid much for this concert series - probably less than what management is offering - does that mean it will stink?

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RichardSeimeOct. 3, 12 6:27 AM

We, the public, are the ones who must step up to the plate. How can we contribute and know that the money goes to the fund for the musician's salaries? Take away the adversarial language. We all want the same thing --our world class orchestras. We have to support it with our own dollars. The legislature isn't going to rescue them.

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tpsmkemkOct. 3, 12 6:32 AM

Maybe set up concerts at smaller venues throughout the area. This would expose them to people who can't always make into "the Cities" to see them. The musicians would not make as much, but it brings much negotiating power to the table and give them support of the new fans/patrons. Also sit tight musicians, management has already violated the first rule of a negotiation. Who ever put out the $$$ amount first--loses the negotiation.

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privateeyeOct. 3, 12 7:28 AM

Sort of an interesting gambit considering the musicians' claim that lower pay will decrease the quality of their performance. ---stay with me this is how it works, you offer a low salary and the best performers go elsewhere as in any profession. You are left with performers who are not as skilled thus lowering the quality. Pretty easy to understand.

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totaltruthOct. 3, 12 7:59 AM

As a season ticket holder, I will not be attending any of these concerts...

The musicians have shown total disrespect and disdain for concertgoers, donors and patrons by refusing to constructively negotiate for a new contract, and creating a lockout situation.

The musicians and their union will lose many patrons going forward with these disrespectful tactics.

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