St. Paul Mayor Coleman praises SPCO musicians, managers for deal

  • Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2013 - 8:59 AM

Calling the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra “the most important cultural institution in St. Paul,” Mayor Chris Coleman on Wednesday praised musicians and management for coming to a tentative deal to end a six-month labor dispute.

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dflleftApr. 10, 13 8:35 PM

WANNA good laugh?...musicians turn it down.

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sammy5542612Apr. 10, 13 9:47 PM

The workers long for living space!

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bannedmuggsApr. 11, 1312:14 PM

Its good to see the mayor pandering to these spoiled, crybaby musicians when approximately 3 blocks from the Ordway, there are homeless and hungry people gathering everyday. What have you done for those people, Mr. Mayor? Interesting how Coleman kicks into gear right after he announces his re-election. Before that, just opening more and more dog parks and bike paths.

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bernice3Apr. 11, 13 1:47 PM

I am very grateful to the mayor for brokering a solution that both sides can probably accept and happy to hear that the musicians will have more control over the music they present. Attendance has dropped somewhat over the last few years as the selection seemed to showcase music from the classical era with only occasional more modern music (and that the emotionless 1960s kind). May they now, I hope, increase ticket prices by enough to give us such memorable moments as their staged concert version of George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" and its grand presentation of Mozart's "Requiem," two concerts I will never forget.

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lee4713Apr. 11, 13 2:39 PM

So what's wrong with this picture - did the Mayor invite any musicians to this event? Of course not - only the big donors and the corporation. But then, after he dissed the musicians publicly, why would they want to share the stage with him?

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juliejjApr. 12, 1310:05 AM

Lee4713 It says in the article "A representative from the musicians’ negotiating committee was unable to attend because of illness."

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solanalesApr. 17, 13 4:21 PM

It should be noted that the San Francisco Symphony is giving a benefit concert on April 29 in support of the locked-out musicians of the SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra. Bravo for them! The whole dismal situation here on the Twin Cities classical music scene is fueling a growing perception around the globe that Minnesotans are a bunch of rubes and philistines. Let's prove them wrong!

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