Minnesota Orchestra lockout hits six months

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 12:22 AM

Absence of negotiations threatens the remainder of this season and the opening of a renovated Orchestra Hall. There is no end in sight.

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louie73Mar. 29, 1310:23 PM

And, nobody cares!!!

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subotai1Mar. 29, 1310:27 PM

Who in their right mind thinks they should spend money on a building but not on the people who play in it? A cheap, crappy orchestra in a $100 million building is still a cheap, crappy orchestra. When we see our orchestra not among the best, it will be the fault of these idiots who spent unwisely.

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wilfcharityMar. 29, 1311:02 PM

Cut the musicians by 30%, keep the salaries the same and then the musicians will be happy. Its all about money and not the music anyway.

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hermajestyMar. 29, 1311:12 PM

Cut the musicians by 30%? A symphony orchestra needs to have a certain number of players in specific instruments to qualify as a symphony orchestra. Your suggestion is like saying "Your baseball team is losing money? Get rid of the short stop and outfielders and keep the salaries the same." (These snide suggestions from people who obviously don't know anything about or appreciate classical music are getting kind of old.)

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DulcimerMar. 29, 1311:34 PM

This situation might have been resolved by now if James Clute, a longtime member of the Orchestra's bass section and a premier negotiator, had not passed away last year. He would have considered the importance of retaining talent in the Twin Cities and could have impressed this importance upon the management. His demeanor, love of classical music, taste and teaching style are also missed. Jim was just one example of what a good musician really is: an all around fine human being.

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mchristiMar. 29, 1311:52 PM

Louie73, I'll fix that for you: "Louie73 doesn't care." There. But, really, that's too bad. Even if you don't attend orchestra concerts, the music and arts scene, with all sorts of styles, is one of the things that makes life in cities vibrant, and make them desirable places to be. It has economic impact on our metro, and indeed the whole state, because the Twin Cities and Minnesota is a good place to be. Without our cultural gems, including our two orchestras, it will be less of a place to be. The lockout of our orchestras diminishes us all and our community. I, for one, do care immensely that the orchestra and its musicians solve this impasse and get back to playing wonderful, beautiful, and glorious music. I miss being able to hear them play.

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dancingpotMar. 30, 1312:27 AM

Like it or not symphony orchestras are going the way of typewriters.

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bott12Mar. 30, 13 8:19 AM

I appreciate the orchestra, but the demands by the musicians,let alone public subsidizing of private industry (of all kinds) are outrageous.

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teddygMar. 30, 13 8:59 AM

Henson and colleagues have misread their negotiating position. They still expect they will be able to rebuild an orchestra with cast-offs from places like the Little Rock Symphony or Tuscon Orchestra. Good luck with that. No top conductor will accept second-tier musicians; and without a top conductor this orchestra will simply die a slow death.

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volunteer90Mar. 30, 13 9:41 AM

We DO care! Perhaps the union should get over itself, the bruised ego, make a counter offer and play like adults.

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