Labor dispute means taped music for MDT 'Nutcracker'

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 8:57 PM

Minnesota Dance Theatre, union musicians disagree on number of players.

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poisonflatchDec. 11, 12 4:49 PM

You may think this is a little cheesey but maybe it's time to focus 100% or our attention on the dancers for a change?

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jcinmnDec. 11, 12 5:13 PM

This is a sad state of affairs. The union bosses deciding how the public will be entertained deprived 24 musicians of a part time gig.,

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hitherDec. 11, 12 5:25 PM

Brunelle called the situation "very sad. There are always two sides to a story, and it is never one side totally right and one side totally wrong." Better man than I thought to admit less than omniscience. Likely a quality score, but likely a completely different sound experience. Is it still "artistically satisfying?" Union "boses" are enfranchised to protect this, if this is what musicians are sacrificing themselves for.

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bblheadDec. 11, 12 5:45 PM

So - once again union leadership costs its' members jobs. Nothing new here.

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martin64Dec. 11, 12 6:22 PM

One for all and all for one. Bravo musicians.

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princesscj27Dec. 11, 12 6:43 PM

I bought tickets for this months ago wi the expectation of live musicians...so now I'm paying the same price to listen to a CD? I agree, it truly takes the magic out of the ballet. I have seen it both ways and prefer to pay more for live music.

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ruysnDec. 11, 12 7:25 PM

Good Lord. The company offers a job to 23 people. Either take it or leave it, but don't clown around and tell the company they really need 29. That is the company choice as to whether 23 can deliver the product. It is not like fire fighting here; th 23 were not risking their lives if they didn't play with 6 more people.

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zlatkovskiDec. 11, 12 7:51 PM

The union, oddly enough, is protecting Tchaikovsky and the audience. A reduced orchestra will not provide the magical experience Tchaikovsky created in one of the masterpieces of the world. MDT is cheating the audience. Would they cut 10 percent of the dancing? Would they reduce the corpse de ballet to 7? Would they save money on the costumes by having everyone wear street shoes? Standards are standards. The Nutcracker has two harps for good reason. One harpist cannot play all of the music, it takes two. Will they even have one? Following this kind of logic, you might as well have two pianos instead of the orchestra.

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opinedDec. 12, 12 9:56 AM

"One harpist cannot play all of the music, it takes two." This is indeed a peak moment of the whole ballet. In fact there are also two sopranos along with the harps, aren't there? And just for a brief and lovely, transcendent, head-turning moment of parallel harmony. Exquisite. Each dilution in orchestration does reduce and cartoonize the final production. At some point, musicians will refuse to be a part of it if they are professional, i.e., maintaining standards.

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