Orchestra fans getting restless

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 1:16 PM

During this high season, some classical groups are seeing an uptick in sales, but many Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO fans are just staying at home.

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cynical1Dec. 11, 12 2:02 PM

I've never been able to afford tickets. I hope these lengthy negotiations are because they are trying to figure out how to make it more affordable for the little guy to attend their performances.

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gearrunrDec. 11, 12 2:13 PM

"Orchestra fans getting restless" - Dear God no! Tell me, how much of my money do you need in order to quell the restlessness?

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msbaileyDec. 11, 12 2:31 PM

Tickets for most SPCO concerts start at $10. Day-of-show tickets can be had for the Minnesota Orchestra for $20, $10 if you're a high school or college student. Those price may not be affordable for all, cynical1, but seem pretty affordable to most of us little guys.

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thunderballDec. 11, 12 2:55 PM

These are among the most acclaimed and praised classical orchestras in the world. They deserve our support! We need to stand with the musicians and demand that the board address the concerns and needs of the musicians and conductors now! We need the 'heavy hitters' to give more, step up to support classical music! They have the $, and we do not need extra lobby's and sloppy managers catering to the board and minions that are bean counters when it comes to the musicians and public backers of the 2 orchestras!

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jayallenscheDec. 11, 12 4:38 PM

The Minnesota Orchestra is one of the best orchestras in the entire country and have been for decades. If only we could say the same for the sports franchises in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The musicians deserve our support.

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jcinmnDec. 11, 12 5:21 PM

Please take notice MN Orch BOD and your benefactors. The people are speaking and not in your favor. They will follow the musicians even if they aren't directed by Osmo. It's time for a reality check and get down to settling this dispute. A 35% pay cut is not the answer.

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jimh123456Dec. 11, 12 6:05 PM

My impression is that among people who actually buy tickets and attend performances, management has built absolutely zero support for its position. Even if they win, they lose, because the existing audience is not going to support their new Orchestra Lite with a mission statement of "Good Enough For This Market".

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opinedDec. 12, 12 9:49 AM

Classical music is very status-oriented (think tuxes and evening gowns) with communities (think nouveaux riche) vying for the best they can afford to present a face to other villages. Or it has been. What will it be in the future? Overlaying this aspect is the fact that art music is at a higher technical level than popular genre, of greater complexity but is also subject to the same economic pressures that popular music is unless insulated by the wealthy. It does need the youth to stay vital, but it will always have this upper crust feature that harkens back to its origins in the courts of Europe. Will MN Orchestra-Lite work here in Minneapolis? Or will that undermine its prestige value? Or are these "problems" simply a brutal test case for Red State tacticians? (Invade us with far right religiously schooled Michelle Bachman, divide us with Tea Partiers, disenfranchise our voters by dismantling our Minnesota nice & fair elections, and attack our unions. Go right for the top, the Orchestra.)

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hermajestyDec. 12, 12 2:48 PM

cynical1: Tickets for Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO concerts start at less than tickets for the average rock concert.

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