The Minnesota Orchestra as we know it must die

  • Article by: Lawrence Perelman
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 7:07 PM

Musicians should follow Vanska's example and resign. It’s the only way the orchestra can be reborn. Here’s the model to follow.

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mnpls123Oct. 2, 13 7:13 PM

Good luck. Don't forget health insurance, pensions, rent, utilities,....

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badcopperOct. 2, 13 7:43 PM

Two thoughts: Lawrence sure likes to toot his own horn. (2) not a bad idea. Risk/reward model can make you wealthy while allowing you the greatest amount of freedom.

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mnpls123Oct. 2, 13 8:24 PM

Social security tax, Medicare, sales tax, ushers, printing tickets, payroll dept, liability insurance, accountants, mail, computers, ....

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atwardowOct. 2, 13 8:30 PM

Brilliant idea. It would FOREVER OBLITERATE the notion that musicians and management are equal partners in these disputes. Without musicians, there is no orchestra, PERIOD. The management is absolutely worthless without them.

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metrotOct. 2, 13 8:35 PM

Won't it be interesting to learn who ALREADY owns the trade name Minnesota Symphony ??? Maybe that will be a surprise or two ..................

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gopher68Oct. 2, 13 8:52 PM

United Airlines tried this in the 80's. But the unions kept giving themselves raises without worrying about where the revenue to fund them was going to come from. They ended up running the company into the ground and found out, that yes, management actually does perform a vital task, one of which was having the often-derided "bean-counters" ensure that there was enough money to pay all of the bills. Good luck with that, musicians.

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mike1961Oct. 2, 13 8:54 PM

One word: Kickstarter

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william16Oct. 2, 13 8:58 PM

The first one-fifth of this commentary is Lawrence talking about...Lawrence! Where do the rest of us get in line to publish our life sagas in the guise of Strib commentaries? As for his idea, if he's convinced it's great, take it to the musicians, get the ball rolling, and let the world know when it's ready for unveiling. Talkers talk; doers do.

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neilgdOct. 2, 13 9:04 PM

Sounds a bit pie-in-the-sky but hey, who knows, anything beats the situation we have now. All I know is that the fans of the Minnesota Orchestra are the real losers in all of this. I hope, when the Taj MaOrchestra Hall finally resumes concerts with some sort of orchestra, the board members see nothing but empty seats.

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thisisinsaneOct. 2, 13 9:12 PM

If only it were that simple.......

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