For a world-class orchestra, we must find our voice

  • Article by: PETER HUTCHINSON
  • Updated: November 4, 2012 - 7:22 PM

Our community should be able to generate the revenue required to sustain quality. We're problem-solvers, after all.

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hammarhead1Nov. 4, 12 7:44 PM

Too many people care more about Survivor or Dancing with the stars. They don't know what they are missing.

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borisbadenovNov. 4, 12 8:03 PM

The liberal elites are dead set against public financing of blue collar entertainment like football. And yet, they think the rest of us should pay for their orchestra.

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erikj3Nov. 4, 12 8:47 PM

The MN Orchestra was world class. Then they had to go and spend $52 million on a new lobby (in a recession, no less) while demanding their world class musicians take massive pay cuts that NO worker would ever, in their right mind (even in a recession), agree to. Shame on BOTH local orchestras for what they're doing.

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pinster44Nov. 4, 12 8:48 PM

Boris, If you are going to troll, be more clever. Live up to your badenov moniker! Football is a for profit enterprise, orchestras are non profit. Unlike the NFL, standby orchestra tickets are affordable to all kinds of folks. At this point you would have to pay me to see Christian Ponder and our Vikings defense suffer. I miss the locked out orchestras. They remind me about what it means to be professional.

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jpcooperNov. 4, 12 8:48 PM

Peter, get all your friends that enjoy the orchestra and agree as a group to paying "Double" for your tickets. If all seasaon ticket holders pay "Double" for the music and events you enjoy the problem will be solved.

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groover6Nov. 4, 12 9:29 PM

Let the DFL 1% "pay a little more" for tickets rather than the tax-payers.

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jbkleinbaumNov. 4, 1211:01 PM

A world-class orchestra doesn't only have world class players; those players play with one another like a finely-tuned Swiss watch, or better. One of the reasons that musicians go through such rigorous auditions is because the musicians want to make sure that not only a great player is hired, but a great player who will fit the ensemble. You are lucky to have had such an orchestra. Too bad that management is determined to break it all up.

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DufferHNov. 4, 1211:03 PM

Mr. Hutchison, as you suggest the orchestra needs to increase ticket sales to increase revenue. Please tell me, one who truly likes the orchestra except for the out-of-sight ticket prices, how you intend to sell tickets to the majority of residents who don't give a whit about the orchestra. Decades ago a political decision was made to drop the name Minneapolis Symphony to increase Twin City awareness. Just how has that panned out?

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rms316Nov. 5, 12 5:48 AM

Grover6: The Dem.1% already pays their fair share of taxes and doesn't mind paying a little more... That's the difference. I've attended a couple of these concerts and want to attend more of them. How boring to sit home and watch the Twins or Vikes. I hope they solve this soon.

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walterwhiteNov. 5, 12 6:30 AM

Sorry to tell you but, I'm out of money. Be it the Twins, Vikings, TWolves, Wild, orchestra, Guthrie, everything related to the U of M.... I can't afford to go to these things but, I get stuck paying for them anyways? Can't watch a single Gopher game because I can no longer afford cable! This is just getting ridiculous! Everyday in this paper we see examples of wasted tax dollars. You want to go to the orchestra Pete? Fine, the tickets are $5000 each. Enjoy your evening.

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