SPCO pulls plug on 2012 concerts

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 1, 2012 - 11:01 PM

Concert cancellations follow "No" vote by locked-out musicians.

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swschradNov. 1, 12 5:22 PM

if management of the two orchestras doesn't yield on some major points and bring negotiators back, they can cancel the concert schedule through 2020. the musicians look united, and the caliber of the (former) orchestras means they can relocate just about anywhere that pays what they're worth.

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tadesheNov. 1, 12 6:08 PM

Yawn. There obviously is not enough demand for this orchestra. If they cant fill the seats, how do they expect to be paid the previous wages? Supply and demand. Welcome to the dismal economy that the rest of the public has dealt with for the last 5 years. Your turn. Suck it up and play for the wage that the markey will allow. Everyone else is.

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robotczarNov. 1, 12 7:37 PM

Those of us who like and support this orchestra are not happy. We clearly would prefer new "management" to a new orchestra. We need to see a plan in which the pain is distributed to everyone, including the audience. But, any plan which degrades the orchestra (this means paying them significantly less) and having a second-rate orchestra is just not going to fly.

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freedubayNov. 1, 12 8:02 PM

This is what hampers the Twin Cities. Two of everything. If St Paul has one, Mpls has to have one and vice-versa. May it be stadiums, theaters and Orchestras. As we see what happens we have two weak or under supported entities. That is the curse of the Twin Cities.

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DLBabatzNov. 1, 12 8:19 PM

Musicians, as any profession, are only worth the revenue their talent generates. If there is not a willing audience buying tickets at a rate that pays the salaries, that means their consumer does not deem their product is worth their price. It is simple economics.

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grameebabsNov. 1, 12 8:28 PM

robotczar, you nailed it. Tops-down is grossly inequitable. Particularly when the majority of the talent is housed in the SPCO musicians and their musical instruments. Most subscribers, I think, would be willing to be part of a shared solution. I'm a subscriber. I was never included in the conversation. Just sayin'.

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lee4713Nov. 1, 12 8:54 PM

Robotczar, I'm with you. I want Dobby Czar to go around to each concert venue (at least 10) and make himself available to explain his bullying of the musicians. He owes it to us for messing with our orchestra.

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kim5618Nov. 1, 12 9:01 PM

I call for the immediate resignation of Dobson West.

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freedubayNov. 1, 12 9:01 PM

It seems that many of the musicians also teach and play elsewhere. I guess they'll have to ask themselves that the 80k that they are afford for 38 weeks plus what they make the other 14 weeks and on the side during the 38 weeks is worth staying here in the Twin Cities or moving to the 3 or 4 cities that pay more? Management is playing the quality of life card here in the TC, some will leave because for them its all about money, some will leave because its about respect and some will stay because they can live on the 80k and enjoy living here.

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dorianmodeNov. 1, 12 9:03 PM

tadeshe ..."Yawn. There obviously is not enough demand for this orchestra. If they cant fill the seats, how do they expect to be paid the previous wages? Supply and demand. Welcome to the dismal economy that the rest of the public has dealt with for the last 5 years. Your turn. Suck it up and play for the wage that the markets will allow. Everyone else is. ......Oh really ? Just like the Vikings, and the Twins, and all the other state subsidized entertainment. Alrighty then. (Get a grip.)

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