Orchestra negotiations as nettlesome as ever

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Release of financial review suggestions prompts rancor.

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eurotravelerJan. 30, 13 9:46 PM

Boy, the orchestra management is tone deaf. There need to be some big changes in the board and management. As a long time orchestra patron I am frequently amazed at how poorly they've handled this.

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gopher68Jan. 30, 13 9:50 PM

I have a feeling that the musicians are not going to like what the financial analysis reveals.

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akadamsJan. 31, 1312:45 AM

Eurotraveler...you nailed it. Tone deaf CEO Michael Henson is by his own account, "puzzled" by all this, and shows little sign of catching on to the perspective of the Minnesota Orchestra's devoted fans. Gopher68, maybe you should sign on as one of the other personalities you post under, and throw out more of your many helpful insights.

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terryjohnsJan. 31, 13 2:15 AM

The players will get nowhere fast with this management. They should take control of their own affairs as London orchestras did many years ago. Please read this. There are many in Britain that will help with the benefit of their experience and for no personal gain whatever. Terry Johns http://www.terryjohns.net/letters-lines-spaces/letter-to-detroit-march-2011/

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lee4713Jan. 31, 13 7:57 AM

"Musicians are not going to like" the results of the review - because it will show even more management incompetence and duplicity than previously revealed.

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neilgdJan. 31, 1311:03 AM

Comes down to this: If you want a world-class orchestra, the board is going to have to find a way to pay for it. We pride ourselves in being a leading center of the arts. Now we have to pony up if we want to live up to that distinction.

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musicfan13Feb. 2, 1310:29 AM

It's the musicians who are tone deaf... They didn't learn from Detroit Symphony. They refuse to make a counter offer, because they know they will be laughed off for wanting so much money. You get what you can in today's economy. Saying you can raise money doesn't make it so - and having musicians that just want money means it is harder to raise it.

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