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No dispute with the musical review. However, the writer missed observing that a very large proportion of the musicians on the stage were actually not SPCO musicians but were locked-out Minnesota Orchestra musicians and other ringers. This is partly due to other commitments but also due to the fact that six of the principal positions of SPCO are open(including the position of Kyu-Young Kim, whom the writer mentions; he is currently still performing but leaving shortly for NY Philharmonic). Also, quite a number of the remaining SPCO musicians on the stage will be leaving under the SPCO's supplemental retirement program offering those 55+ cash incentives to leave the orchestra. Apparently management felt the musicians were just getting too old - but don't check the age of the management. The Pioneer Press writer correctly labeled the concert "bittersweet." The orchestra (not counting the ringers) will never be the same after this season ends, at least not for another 10-20 years.
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