Musician supporters rally at Orchestra Hall

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 6:14 AM

With the lockout anniversary looming, a group backing Minnesota Orchestra musicians called for public pressure on management.

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SnippetSep. 6, 13 8:13 PM

If they really wanted to make a statement, they would pay enough for tickets to support the institution they claim to love.

birdpeepSep. 6, 13 8:25 PM

Apparently as I and others were forced to walk past this tiny group of malcontents we were counted as "protesters". 90 people? MAYBE twenty.

DufferHSep. 6, 13 8:44 PM

90 people and "many" signs?" Where are they hiding? And please tell me how this is "hurting the greater economy."

esackswhiteSep. 6, 13 8:50 PM

birdpeep, there were certainly far more than 20 individuals there! Are you with the MOA by chance? You seem to post a lot of comments on these articles. I noticed that not all of the protesters were "gray-haired". There are younger people who care about the orchestra. Snippet, if the management would end the lockout and let the musicians play, people would be able to buy tickets to attend concerts.

sukhinoSep. 6, 13 8:51 PM

It is so odd that people who make SEVEN figure salaries and can afford to make donations of 200K would begrudge these accomplished musicians their well-deserved incomes. What the musicians make is a pittance to these people, and yet they call them greedy and undeserving. The management's agenda to mark down the price of orchestral musicians in the marketplace is as transparent as the windows on the newly-renovated-to-the-tune-of-$50-millon Orchestra Hall.

songoflarkSep. 6, 13 8:52 PM

Snippet, I happen to know that many of the people who attended the rally are ticket buyers and donors who give just as much of their annual income as board members do. We're all in this together; no need to disparage their contributions. Birdpeep, I'm not sure what event you were attending, but it sure wasn't the one that's discussed here. I count at least forty in one photograph alone on SOSMN's Facebook page, and the official count was around 150, with some arriving later. What's wrong with regular patrons respectfully voicing their opinions? They're important stakeholders too, right? The orchestra couldn't exist without them. They made their opinions known, then left the party-ers to have a good time alone. Also, unfortunately the MOA lied (again) to the Strib about how much money was required to attend the Private Patron Party. Tickets to tonight's party came with a $750 donation to the Symphony Ball, not $200k as they claimed.

chezjakeSep. 6, 13 8:52 PM

Actually, the event marshals counted a consistent 150 at the event, with at least a couple dozen others who had to come late and/or leave early. So really more like 200. Perhaps "birdpeep" was counting the people still engrossed in conversation after the event ended. It was a lively and engaged crowd - I'm sure that all of them are just dying to buy tickets to concerts. I know that I am. That was the point of the rally, after all! MOA Management - you can do it! Suspend the lockout. Get back to the negotiating table with the mediator you and the musicians mutually approved so that you can receive and discuss the musicians' proposal. They're clearly ready and eager to talk!

ljb6599Sep. 6, 13 9:03 PM

The three comments posted here just reflects how music professionals in general are not respected....this is very sad but expected in the world we live in.In other countries they have respect the arts much more than we do here in the USA.If music was banned in this country most people would not be very happy about it.So quit taking it for granted.

florasSep. 6, 13 9:09 PM

Actually, there was a minimum of 150 "malcontents" there today (yes, I counted). The MOA has made it rather difficult to purchase tickets, "snippet"-as you may or may not know, the ORCHESTRA has been locked out for over a year, therefore there've been no tickets to buy. But we DID buy tickets to the concerts the locked-out musicians put on-every one sold out. And "birdpeep", are you implying that you're content for the Orchestra, the raison d'ĂȘtre of the MOA, to be locked out? Huh...

magoldsteinSep. 6, 13 9:26 PM

OK---Let's get the facts straight... there were between 150 and 200 people during the formal part of today's (Friday) rally program (marshalls counted 150 people right after the end of the event, and they said that a number of people had just left...). And many people present at the rally ARE or shall I say WERE long time donors/patrons of the Minnesota Orchestra ... that is, until the Minnesota Orchestral Association decided to lock out the musicians... As for hurting the economy, a KSTP report from December 2012 stated that for each concert not taking place, the city loses as much as 77K per concert, so when you multiply that by 74 concerts, that results in almost 6 million dollars in lost city revenue. Then you have Orchestrate Excellence's review of the lockout's diverse economic costs. So sorry to disappoint some of the previous commentators, but there you have it.


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