SPCO cancels more concerts; no talks ahead

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 10:58 PM

As the labor dispute continues, the orchestra's season is called off through Feb. 8.

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djscoreDec. 10, 12 8:19 PM

We need to establish our priorities - disband both orchestras and turn the halls into gyms for Vikings and Twins players. Go Vikes!!! Win Twins!!!

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freedubayDec. 11, 12 6:39 AM

djscore, better yet. Tubby and the boys are looking for a place to practice. Bring in a floor and a few hoops and the U just saved 45 million for a new practice facility. Seriously, what a better time for Orchestra members to get together and form their own board and hire their own promotion department and form their own business. This time the players hire "management". Yes, management that works for the people who the public pay to see. They players can set their own salaries. I believe there are two Halls they could rent or maybe even soon purchase.

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mdgoldnerDec. 11, 12 7:10 AM

Good Bye and adieu SPCO, we will miss you.

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timandtiaDec. 11, 12 8:09 AM

Why doesn't the "great" union pay the player instead. Doesn't the union members pay membership dues to the union? So were is that money gone to. Oh wait, the union needs to spend it in other ways. Oh, how I hate unions, they are a pain. And yes, maybe they should turn the places into practice facitilies for our sports teams, what a great idea the more I think about it. Thanks for bringing it up.

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Mister_EDec. 11, 12 8:26 AM

It's not the buildings, it's the players and the music. Yet both SPCO and MN Orchestra continue to raise money for empty buildings. Lockouts certainly won't be filling them anytime soon. And, having missed most of the the season, both are a year behind and dollars deeper in debt. One truth emerges brightly from this chaos: never take financial advice from an orchestra board member.

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cavellDec. 11, 12 8:51 AM

Taking bets on who settles first? NHL or the band?

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misterbrucieDec. 11, 1211:41 AM

Notice that neither of these groups (or others with recent labor disputes, such as the Spokane or Indianapolis symphonies) made a public request to donors for money to pay their musicians before their work stoppages began. Any requests they did make were for their buildings. Now they "suddenly" can't afford to pay the musicians. If neither one of these great orchestras' managements will come to the table to even discuss anything less than an enormous salary cut, then what is their goal?

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