Minnesota Orchestra invites musicians back to table

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 9:53 PM

Management drops demand for counterproposal and cancels more Minnesota Orchestra dates.

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DufferHDec. 21, 12 6:28 PM

The ball is now in the musicians' court, but they still look for reasons to ignore substantive talks.

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rshacklefordDec. 21, 12 6:33 PM

Hmmmm, no, I'm now more interested in learning how poorly management did their jobs. Some people likely need to be fired.

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swmnguyDec. 21, 12 7:29 PM

Hmm. A few years ago the Orchestra's board went to the public and said they were in such great financial shape they would be fantastic stewards of a lot of public financing to rebuild their venue. Now they're in the shadow of looming insolvency if they don't go on strike and force their employees (you know, the artists; the only reason we actually go see the Orchestra) to take big pay cuts immediately? Of course it's a coincidence that the Board here in Mpls. has been colluding with Orchestra Boards across the country who are pulling the same stunts with their musicians.

Oh, they were perfectly content to starve the musicians out, until legislators starting making noises about seeing the books, to see if the Board was lying then or if they're lying now?

This stinks to high heaven.

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erikj3Dec. 21, 12 8:31 PM

How conVEEEEnient! Of course, the Orchestra's finances should be investigated anyway, even if management and the musicians come to an agreement.

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gopher68Dec. 21, 12 8:57 PM

Yeah right, swmnguy, a non-profit entity is hiding money, We've already seen external reports saying the orchestra will exhaust its endowment in about ten years at the current run rate. Complaining about how management has botched this is too little too late. The problem to be solved is money -- either the orchestra needs to find more sources of revenue or cut its costs. Complaining about what has already happened accomplishes nothing.

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probsolverDec. 21, 12 9:51 PM

Did anyone notice?

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freedubayDec. 21, 1210:20 PM

State grant money totaling over 600K this year already? For people who have been making 130K? Now that's absurd. I gotta feeling the taxpayer will keep on paying.

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mchristiDec. 21, 1210:36 PM

Concern about how management may have mismanaged the orchestra's finances and affairs is not complaining that accomplishes nothing, but a very valid and necessary concern about the future or the orchestra. Patterns of poor management should not and must not continue. If they simply solve the money problem they currently have but don't change management practices and philosophies, those very problems will persist. Indeed, regardless of how the current crunch is solved, some real changes in management are clearly necessary. A failure to address issues of management, not just revenue and costs, will continue to put the integrity and artistic excellence in jeopardy, even if the orchestra's management doesn't manage to destroy it through this contract dispute with the musicians.

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fwallenDec. 21, 1211:00 PM

There are only two sides of any equation.: revenue and expenses. They need to balance. Not enough revenue? Two solutions, identify more revenue sources or cut expenses.

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comment229Dec. 22, 12 4:40 AM

A non-profit hiding money? It's easier to do than you think! Something is shaking loose here, and someone is running scared. As for the comment, musicians looking for excuses; no, they are getting their facts in a row, want everyone to know everything up front, or management will come back after the fact with the old, "well, you never asked?" Well, they're asking for information and until all the information is laying on that table, the musicians should not be sitting at that table. An agreement based on half truths, and misinformation isn't much of an agreement.

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