Minnesota Orchestra concerts canceled through April

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 11:37 PM

Another round of cancellations leaves just five concerts on Minnesota Orchestra’s calendar.

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akadamsMar. 20, 13 8:39 PM

This is a tragedy in slow motion for the Twin Cities. Management could implement "play-and-talk" if they wanted to. Pity there isn't a Grammy category for performance hall lobby design.

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supervon2Mar. 20, 13 8:44 PM

When is the government going to take them over and make them Union State Employees? Long Live the State.

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lordhawhaw1Mar. 20, 13 9:23 PM

Why don't they just hire replacements? Musicians and artists are a dime a dozen.

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jpcooperMar. 20, 13 9:34 PM

i did not realize the concerts were cancelled and the orchestra was not playing.

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diogenesnyMar. 21, 13 6:56 AM

Will there be anyone left to care about the Minnesota Orchestra when they do get this resolved?

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swansonadamMar. 21, 13 5:08 PM

This represents a total failure on the part of the board and management. This is - or was - a world-class orchestra after years of building. Now it's as if civic leaders in the Twin Cities want nothing besides mediocrity. Alternatives to this total shutdown existed, but with so many board members from corporate executive ranks, the priority is to punish unions.

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mjw001Mar. 21, 13 5:58 PM

For those not well versed in the details of this situation, it should be noted that Campbell's comment is misleading. Campbell and the orchestra management have refused to allow an independent financial analysis to be conducted jointly by representatives appointed by both sides, leaving the musicians without a clear picture of the finances. As recently as 2010, the orchestra management was boasting to patrons, the media, and legislators about the strong financial health of the ensemble; consequently, it is understandable that the musicians might want an independent financial analysis before making a counteroffer. It should be noted that the proposed contract by management does much more than drastically cut musician salaries: It reduces the size of the ensemble from 95 to 84 musicians, reduces the length of the season from 52 to 42 weeks, shifts artistic control from musicians to management, and institutes other work-rule changes that will weaken this ensemble. Orchestras in other cities - Cleveland and St. Louis come to mind - are thriving. I am grateful that the musicians will not accept the devastating contract that management has proposed.

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