A peek inside the lives of classical musicians

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 10, 2012 - 3:58 PM

Their office may be a stage, their work clothes black tie and their tools of the trade priceless instruments. But the day-to-day lives of orchestra musicians are more work than glamour.

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longmemoryNov. 11, 12 7:30 AM

I once heard Doc Severinson describe his daily warm up routine. It takes him three hours and he hates it. I've heard the same sort of things from symphony musicians. The U of Indiana music school is more demanding than the medical school.

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mplsjohnNov. 11, 12 8:49 AM

I know several out of work professionals who would gladly accept a 30% pay cut to have a job. Some already have. Welcome to 2012. These musicians should be happy that they could be employed at a relative high salary. Accept the offer and if the orchestra survives they may well regain their loss salary in the future. If you don't like the offer find work elsewhere where you can get what you want. And maybe the Star can quit featuring the awful plight of the rich when it serves their liberal purpose. No one likes to be out of work or locked out, but many people are without work and they do not have the option these musicians do to settle for a good deal.

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scott4343Nov. 11, 1212:31 PM

Wow - they were sliding by on a measley combined income of $200,000 and forced to live in Edina. Some people want their luck buttered.

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lcm333Nov. 11, 12 1:05 PM

I just don't know how these members expect salaries not to be effected with losing revenues. My guess it is like many families today they will need to review their family finances which includes a son at Brown. I am sorry they are experiencing this tough time, but they are not alone.

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davehougNov. 11, 12 5:15 PM

So why don't the musicians rent a hall and perform on their own without 'management'? I dare say they are more critical to the audience than the organizations. A concert a week would help their personal budgets.

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regionguyNov. 11, 12 5:40 PM

Uh, longmemory, if you had first-hand experience with either the IU music school or med school you would know it is Indiana University, not University of Indiana. And having compared my med-school experience with my sibling's IU music-school experience, I'd say your comment is flat-out inaccurate. All that aside, I still have a lot of admiration for top-flight musicians, and I attend concerts by both local major orchestras. I just don't think they are somehow immune from market forces.

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cavellNov. 12, 12 8:58 AM

Why waste $50M on remodel of venue? That has certainly trashed their income/operating expenses stream.

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jim2011beamNov. 12, 12 9:15 AM

Please take the offer and get back to work. We need you to support the 47%. Thank you.

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ubetcha101Nov. 12, 1211:29 AM

Best wishes to all. But if I where them I would take the offer.

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DufferHNov. 12, 1212:58 PM

I feel sorry for the musicians in this saga. However, market forces do come into play. And so far, they haven't demonstrated any willingness to make any accommodation in this situation. And I certainly don't advocate the 30-pct cuts demanded by management. What really bothers me about this article is the clear attempt to sway public opinion to the plight of the "workers." Their salaries put them out of that category. The age of their vehicles has no bearing on anything. To describe their home in Edina as "modest" is ridiculous. They certainly aren't your average "Joe Doe" in terms of income, so don't pretend that they are.

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