SPCO loses one-third of its musicians as new season looms

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON
  • Updated: July 25, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Some locked-out Minnesota Orchestra members may temporarily fill gaps left by 10 retiring senior performers.

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csjohn1Jul. 24, 13 9:14 PM

We need the SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra. Even if you never attend, never listen on the radio, never watch on the TV. We need it because it enhances the very fabric of our society. It gives youth something to aspire to. It gives us all a sense of cultural identity. We need management and board members who understand the essential responsibility they have: that is to make sure the orchestras are effectively funded. They are not in charge of a business, but flag bearers of an essential institution. Lest we become a culture of beer swillers and wrestling watchers, these people mut learn how to do their jobs effectively

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bluedevil101Jul. 24, 13 9:28 PM

Way past time to move past this story.

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DufferHJul. 24, 13 9:37 PM

Just a question,not a comment. Isn't 28 still rather large for a chamber orchestra? Maybe one of you can help me out.

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roberth999Jul. 24, 13 9:50 PM

DufferH I suppose you actually know but for those who don't, I Chamber might have 50 or so musicians while a Symphony will have 100. As someone who has worked behind the scenes of a few different Orchestra's, I'm kind of tired of this and let's get the music going this fall.

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badcopperJul. 24, 1310:00 PM

They are not in charge of a business, but flag bearers of an essential institution--- bit of hyperbole?

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neilgdJul. 24, 1310:01 PM

csjohn1 - While I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly, you could have omitted the last sentence. Statements like that give the impression that people who love the arts are all haughty, pompous, aristocrats. There's room for many different tastes and I hope all Minnesotans can have the choice to go to a wrestling match, if they so desire, or listen to a world class orchestra.

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ajnaguyJul. 24, 1310:09 PM

Before folks start vilifying the "greedy musicians" again, I'd like to pose a question: if you were in a job you loved, but company management had changed and the atmosphere was now toxic, would you stay? Would you stay if they offered you three years salary to retire? Maybe you have been in a similar situation (work, love, friendship) where things have changed - I've stayed, and watched things further disintegrate, and I've walked away to save my own sanity, largely because from the experience of the first instance, I learned that once you're past a certain point, things can never be the same, no matter how much time and effort you put into it. No matter what 'side' you come down on in the dollars and cents of it, any intelligent person will agree that there is a dehumanizing effort going on here - "They're just musicians...or Crystal Sugar workers, or teachers, or child care workers, or Walmart employees." And of course, "That could never happen to me," said bravely while warding off the fear that it will.

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zekefaxJul. 25, 1312:12 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed going to the SPCO concerts! It's a shame that our young people are so rarely exposed to this type of music. I feel that the future is bleak for our Orchestras since most of the people who enjoy it are older, dying off, and will not be replaced by young people.

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DufferHJul. 25, 1312:43 AM

roberth99. No, I didn't actually know. That's why I posed the question. Thanks for your answer.

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JPetersen3Jul. 25, 13 6:38 AM

DufferH: 'chamber' orchestras vary in size and the number of musicians needed varies according to the pieces being performed. You also need to have a few 'reserve' members to take the place of sick or injured musicians.

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