Minn. Orchestra's Vanska pleads: 'Find a way, talk together'

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 15, 2012 - 10:42 AM

In a letter to musicians and board members, the orchestra's music director expressed deep anxiety over the lockout's damaging effects.

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biffpoloNov. 14, 12 7:22 PM

Of course he is deeply anxious...he wants to continue to receive his ridiculous salary. The orchestra, arts and sports should all pay their own way. Let the free market decide what things are worth stop subsidizing people hobbies.

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jpcooperNov. 14, 12 8:09 PM

I did not realize they were not playing?

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rvjesseNov. 14, 12 8:17 PM

Mr. Vanska is right.

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teddygNov. 14, 12 8:39 PM

The board has already made the decision to disband the orchestra in its current form. Their eyes are on the prize of bringing other concert orchestras from around the world to play in a refurbished orchestra hall. A combination St. Paul Chamber and MN Orchestra will be re-formed - as a regional orchestra - and they will alternate between venues. But they will no longer be a world class orchestra from Minnesota. Just a regional one. You can take this to the bank, pardon the pun. I wish it wasn't so.

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schnikeysNov. 14, 12 8:54 PM

Why do they make 6 figures again?

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smarterthanuNov. 14, 12 8:54 PM

It's a good thing this is happening this year. The convention center is a terrible venue.

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adliblogNov. 14, 12 9:30 PM

We want a world class orchestra on the cheap. How can MN do that? If we can't then the next question is how did we get to the point where that was the only option? And if it's the only option can it be the result of poor vision or perhaps the misplaced priorities of orchestra administration? If so, can these worthies also accept a 40 % reductions in their own slaries? Are they worth any salary if they've lost us the most important part of their organization, the orchestra we knew. (One concertmaster violinist has already taken a job with Switzerland's top orchestra.) The road not taken would have pursued recording revenues to subsidize cheap tickets instead of mass marketing them for revenue. The public is more apt to line up to hear recording stars. Now I guess the best way to hear the MN orchestra will be to buy their existing opus of recordings and go the nostalgia route. Too bad the Twin Cities market won't support such excellence in real time. You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.

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mchristiNov. 14, 12 9:32 PM

Teddyg, I most sincerely hope you are wrong. But if that is the "prize" the orchestra board is after (and it most certainly isn't any prize), then they would do everyone good to simply come clean and not play games. But it's even worse than that, such a plan would be a serious betrayal and dereliction of the fiduciary responsibilities of the Minnesota Orchestra Association's board, an association which exists to support an orchestra not to run a concert venue.

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tomtom02Nov. 14, 12 9:34 PM

teddyg -- My response to your comment is,"Wow! You're really smart!" I mean no kidding or sarcasm on my part.

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WymanLoNov. 15, 1212:01 AM

This fiasco is caused by the incompetence of the board in their failure to raise enough funds. They should be dissolved so that the musicians can hire an executive director to manage their own affairs. The new board should include members of the community but it should be controlled by the musicians.

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