Another Dayton could be key in future of Minnesota Orchestra

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: May 4, 2013 - 3:22 PM

A push from Gov. Dayton could help jump-start negotiations.

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supervon2May. 3, 13 8:20 PM

Somebody has to say it. There are so many businesses that have disappeared over the years through obsolesence and better competing products and not one tear was shed. Control Data is gone. Univac is Gone. SuperValue cut in half. Ford out. You might as well face facts-this orchestra might soon be pictures in the History center.

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eric2001May. 3, 13 9:29 PM

Suprvon--First of all, the Minnesota Orchestra is not a business. It is a non profit arts organization, owned by the citizens of Minnesota, funded by individual and corporate donors,patrons,and grants from the state. And it has been the cultural gem of this state for over 100 years. We have the 4th largest endowment of any orchestra in the country and we just raised $100 million dollars, half of that for a new lobby that we really didn't need right at this moment. The MOA could have waited to break ground, told the truth that the orchestra was hit hard by the economic downturn and worked to stabilized things. But no, they chose to lie to donors, patrons, musicians, tax payers, and the state legislature. This mess is brought on by mismanagement and people who have no interest or expertise in the inner working of an American orchestra, making awful decisions that affect thousands of people. 80,000 school children come to hear the Minnesota Orchestra every year. Lots of people have no idea how much this orchestra plays around the state in remote areas that would never get to hear music of this caliber. This is our orchestra,and it is just silly to compare this organization to a for profit business.

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badcopperMay. 4, 13 6:53 AM

funded by individual and corporate donors,patrons,and grants from the state----- sounds like a charity to me.

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hiramfosterMay. 4, 13 8:34 AM

Lectures from Gov. Dayton to the orchestra community don't address any of the outstanding issues and aren't the answer. What Gov. Dayton can do is find a way to bring more money to the table, both through appropriations from the state but also by persuading the business community to support the orchestra financially.

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craigaveryMay. 4, 13 9:31 AM

To not meet or to offer alternatives is not just not negotiating but stupid. Stop the gamesmanship and work toward a realistic compromise. Engage diligently in the process.

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thunderballMay. 4, 13 9:51 AM

An excellent piece here! Wonder if they read my piece yesterday I posted on MN Orchestra's Facebook site? I was calling out Mayor Rybak and Gov. Dayton to take the lead and get this standoff resolved quickly! The orchestra and it s hall are part of the fabric of MN and Mpls, and is not owned by anyone nor one group! We must share, spare this treasure and ensure great classical music and the arts will thrive in MN for decades to come. The money is here, the time to resolve this is now.

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benedict636May. 4, 1310:01 AM

We are in a post industrial economy. The vital arts sector has to be a viable business now and not run as a charity model. So the must be job creators and generators of the new economy. That means musicians have to be business minded. Lets keep this great orchestra and give the musicians a path to generate the incomes they desire. That means AV recording studios at Orchestra Hall and installing the latest and best AV equipment including remote 4K camera. It means producing high quality programs for sale world wide, both via Internet and hard media. We should not have BIS and Hyperion coming in to do the job. In any event they only provide audio and no video, which is what people want now. Make a university alliance and set up a Tonmeister school. There is not a decent one in the US. Now we have created a ton of high paying jobs and the musicians are worth their pay and then some.

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lee4713May. 4, 1310:30 AM

Benedict 636, are you not aware that MInneapolis has an arts economy ranked 6th in the nation? The economic damage of this debacle goes far beyond the orchestra itself. For decades the orchestra has been a huge job creator. Now, it's mainly the non-productive mgmt and staff who are getting anything out of it.

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lee4713May. 4, 1310:33 AM

I have been wondering why the governor hasn't been pushing for this. Could it be because at least some of the board members for both orchestras are big DFL contributors (even though this sort of economic and artistic tyranny goes against everything that the DFL supposedly stands for)? I'm sure we could all name some names here.

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lukasweberMay. 4, 1311:20 AM

The proud tradition of the arts in this area was developed for years by people of the Dayton family, along with Pillsburys and many others. They had strong corporate connections - they owned them! And, they fervently loved and believed in the need for the arts, including a fine professional orchestra in Minneapolis. Sadly, today's corporate leaders are apparently only interested in public recognition for giving money, and agree to serve on boards for prestige, rather than love of the art. I wish we could get through to these very wealthy people that art serves a different purpose in society - it is the only aspect of humanity that develops and reaches the heart and soul of humanity. Just the tone of this conversation of these many months is an excellent demonstration of the need for the arts as a celebration of beauty, and the best that human beings can be, rather than the nastiness and worst, both of which have been on display. Please, I implore our leaders to lead in this situation, whatever your name is, if it's Dayton, Rybak, Carlson, or simply "everyperson." Please come together in civil discourse and resolve this.

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